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Update: Hudler Farms murder – Frederick Hammer sentenced to 7 life terms without the possibility of parole

frederickhammer coming out of court
     Frederick Hammer coming out of court

Ron Hudler, 73
Fred Hudler, 44
John Steven Miller, 25

Hammer pleads guilty, receives six life sentences in the deaths of three men
Guilty pleas entered in Christmas tree farm triple-murder
Christmas tree farm murder suspect pleads guilty


7 Responses

  1. Fred Hammer murdered my Godfather when I was 15 years old. (I’m 46 now) he got off. I knew someday he would get punishment here on earth – just wish I could see his punishment in the afterlife.
    My heart goes out to all families that have had to come in contact with Hammer & we can all rest at night now.

  2. I was married to Fred Hammer when he met the now, Mrs Brenda Hammer. I warned her about him. At the time not knowing they were sleeping together. Anyway, he shot at me once and chocked me to the point of almost passing out. I even told her about him killing a police officer in Pa. Fred had her convinced Iwas the bad guy and lied about everything. Wonder if she beleives me now, that he is a monster, and big evil baby if he doesn,t get his way.

    wife #2 out of 3.

  3. I’m so glad that the man who killed my grandpop in 78 is finally getting the justice he deserved behind bars for life. He escaped from jail the first time, retrialed and got away free, maybe if the jury wasn’t full of idiots he wouldn’t of be able to be set free after killing my pop and slandering his name, and none of these families would be hurt by what he has done. Im sorry for all of the other families he has brought so much pain to.

  4. i’m still amazed of the feeling I get when I know that Hammer is put away for life but I will never see Charlie again. my dad & he were so close & my father will not say too much about him – he will talk about a couple of their fun times but has to stop because he gets so choked up. Fred Hammer – may you rot in hell!!

  5. I just ran across your thread and have the cold creeps. I rode the school bus with Freddie Hammer, his sister Delia and brother George in Oxford, PA. I suspect (and we’ll never know) that one of my good friends was killed by Hammer in 1996. My friend was going to West Jefferson, NC for a family reunion, and someone shot him between the eyes, turned his pockets out, and threw him in the New River near Mouth of Wilson, VA, where fishermen found him days later. My heart still aches, and I can’t find any more information as to what happened to my friend’s murderer. Imagine my horror when I moved here to southern NC and started talking to my pastor (who formerly preached at a church in Independence, VA, and lived in North Wilkesboro). He told me about the Hudler murders and how they happened just down the road from his home. We looked up the murders…and lo and behold…there was Freddie, the very same one who moved to Ashe County from Oxford, PA. Brenda – thank the Lord you got away. Eileen, I’m so sorry for your loss…I remember when you lost your father…we could hardly believe that someone we went to school with was capable of such a horrific crime. I hope, since he has confessed to 15-17 murders, that the murder of my friend John Osborne will be among them, and I can finally get some closure after sixteen years. God bless you all.

  6. I was fortunate enough to meet Fred Hudler when I was a child. My mother owns a Christmas tree wholesale business based in MD and bought trees from the Hudlers for years. She took me to their farm and Fred took me for rides in his new truck, showed me the farm, joked and laughed with me, and touched my heart in such a beautiful way. I met him once at 8 years old, and he had such a major influence on me. He was a beautiful person, and I am sure he was a wonderful father. I feel so blessed to have known him and my heart breaks for his family. I sincerely hope his children grow up knowing what a gentle and kind dad they had. The most wonderful people in this world die too young, and to me 7 consecutive life sentences is not enough. They should take pictures of all of the people that Fred Hammer killed and plaster them around his cell. He should be forced to look into the eyes of those people every day until he dies.

  7. I wonder if Hammer was involved in the murder of Donna Stevenson, the postmaster in Crockett Virginia who was murdered in 1992 ? Hammer was living in a trailer a few miles away, and they never had any evidence to tie the man convicted of it to the crime scene. Worth a look.

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