March 22, 2020

Episode 24: The brutal 1972 stabbing death of Cyrena Jane Manning

Episode 24: The brutal 1972 stabbing death of Cyrena Jane Manning

For this episode, I spoke to Wendy. Her father was married to a woman named Cyrena Jane Manning. The couple had five children together. Cyrena's ex-husband is Wendy's father. She is seeking justice for her father's first wife. Wendy's father has since...


For this episode, I spoke to Wendy. Her father was married to a woman named Cyrena Jane Manning. The couple had five children together. Cyrena's ex-husband is Wendy's father. She is seeking justice for her father's first wife. Wendy's father has since passed so she is trying to figure out who killed Cyrena because the murder haunted her father.

On 11/20/1972, in Franklin, Pa, Cyrena was at home reading her Bible. Someone approached her from behind and brutally stabbed her to death. It was originally believed she was shot to death because the wounds were so large. It wasn’t until the autopsy that it was learned that Cyrena was stabbed to death and not shot.

Venango County, Pennsylvania authorities arrested and charged a man named Frank Sidloski with the crime. A jury acquitted Sidloski. So who killed Cyrena? Wendy has always thought the killer was someone close to Cyrena. How close? Wendy is convinced one of her siblings was involved in the homicide.

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