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Shooting victim in 1986 bank robbery dies

Decades after one of the most notorious crimes in the Lehigh Valley, a survivor has died.

A woman who was shot during a Northampton County bank robbery in 1986 has passed away.

Marcia Hauser died on May 4 at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Philadelphia.

Hauser was one of five people shot when Martin Appel and Stanley Hertzog entered the First National Bank of Bath in East Allen Township on June 6, 1986 and immediately began shooting.

The pair's plan was to rob the bank and leave no survivors. Hauser was shot in the leg, shoulder and head during the attack, and was left permanently disabled.

In a 2016 interview with WFMZ, Hauser said the bullet "went through the wrist and then through the head. That's why I'm still alive. Thank God."

She and one other person survived the shooting. Three others were killed.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli took over the case in 1992 and described the shooting as "one of the worst homicides at that time in the Lehigh Valley."

"I knew Marcia probably since 1992 when I took over the case. She was someone I got to know and she testified for me a few times at some of the hearings. She actually became someone I considered a friend. The events of 1986, they basically transformed her life, yet she continued on and did the best she could. In many ways, I consider her a heroic person," said Morganelli.

Hertzog was sentenced to life in prison. Appel initially received the death penalty, but appealed in 2001. He is now serving three consecutive life sentences.

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