Schiffer Publishing releases Mowday’s book on slaying of two Kennett Square policemen

October 31, 2022

Schiffer Publishing releases new book

By Chester County author Bruce E. Mowday

On murders of two Kennett Square policemen

Officers William Davis and Richard Posey murdered 50 years ago


          ATGLEN _ Schiffer Publishing releases author Bruce E. Mowday’s new book, Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs: The 1972 Sniper Slayings of Policemen William Davis and Richard Posey.

The book details the November 15, 1972, murders of the police officers, the investigation, court proceedings and the effects on the deaths of the victims’ families, Kennett Square and the nation.

“The officers and their sacrifices should not be forgotten,” author Mowday said. “I was pleased when Schiffer contacted me to write the book.” Mowday previously authored two other books connected with the notorious Johnston gang crime ring. The person convicted of the murders of Davis and Posey was Ancell Hamm, a member of the Johnston gang.

The book was released on Friday by the Atglen publisher. The cost is $24.99. Signed copies can be obtained by contacting Mowday at The book is sold through the publisher,, and at book stores and on the internet.

Comments on the book include, “Bruce Mowday’s Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs is a fascinating, detailed work of history, legal process and culture;” “Bruce Mowday’s book is ‘spot on’ presenting factual details on the tragic murders.”

Special presentations will be given by Mowday on Wednesday, November 2 at the General Warren Inne, Malvern, and Chadds Ford JunXion Café on Wednesday, November 9. Contact the restaurants for information and reservations.

Mowday has authored two other books on the Johnston gang, Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice and Stealing Wyeth. All of Mowday’s books can be seen at All of Mowday’s talks and signings are listed on the website.

The ranking of Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs: The 1972 Sniper Slayings of Policemen William Davis and Richard Posey on Amazon has been as high as 46,494 of Amazon’s more than 13 million books. In the category of Murder and Mayhem True Crime, the book ranks 1,686.