John Mancos

John Mancos, a Pennsylvania State Constable, was stabbed to death by Michael Plavetich while attempting to serve a warrant on his wife, Cecelia, in Braddock Park on July 22, 1925. The warrant alleged assault and battery against a neighbor.

Plavetich, who claimed the police were treating his wife with excessive force, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two to four years in prison.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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