Appalachian Unsolved

An honest man’s killing, a statewide legacy

October 24, 2019

J.T. Lutz was spending a quiet night at home with his young family when a shotgun blast shattered the window.

The Greene County man had vowed to help authorities catch a thief. Somebody else thought differently.

Lutz’s murder shortly before Christmas 1949 so angered leaders they pushed for the creation of a statewide police agency.

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