Wicked Lexington, North Carolina

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Nestled within the heart of North Carolina's Piedmont lies Lexington, a town with a history so iniquitous that few dare to tell the tales. Discover how a veritably unknown young singer named Elvis Presley wiggled and gyrated his way through town and how the Jolly Black Widow claimed her third husband (and victim) in a string of doomed love affairs. It was here in Lexington that an obscene mail menace sent hundreds of depraved letters to wholesome families and, on a sleepy summer day, police seized nine barrels of...

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Nestled within the heart of North Carolina's Piedmont lies Lexington, a town with a history so iniquitous that few dare to tell the tales. Discover how a veritably unknown young singer named Elvis Presley wiggled and gyrated his way through town and how the Jolly Black Widow claimed her third husband (and victim) in a string of doomed love affairs. It was here in Lexington that an obscene mail menace sent hundreds of depraved letters to wholesome families and, on a sleepy summer day, police seized nine barrels of illicit liquor only to have them stolen back and imbibed by the original owners that night. Travel with local author Alice Sink down the streets of old-time Lexington to view a city riddled with all manner of unsavory deeds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493097
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/14/2011
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,422,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice E. Sink is the published author of books and numerous short stories, articles and essays in anthologies and in trade and literary magazines. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. For twenty-nine years, she has taught writing courses at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, where she received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching/Service Award in 2002. The North Carolina Arts Council and the partnering arts councils of the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program awarded Sink a 2007 grant to promote her writing.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Joe Sink 11

Preface: A Word from the Author 13

Acknowledgements 15

1 Now You Know

Elvis Presley: Our Mothers Were Shocked! 17

It Must Have Been the Coffee 22

Annie Oakley: Train Wreck That Changed Her life 26

This One Made It to the New York Times! 28

Carnival Men versus Diner Thief 30

Davidson Jury Does Not Believe Girl's Story of Attack 31

2 Amazing and True

Auctioning of Slaves on the Courthouse Steps 33

Wicked Contrast: Charlie Chaplin's Seriousness and Audience's Disappointment 34

What Caused the Courthouse Fire of 1865? An Incendiary? 35

Old Courthouse Strange Trial 36

Shabby and Deteriorated Wicked Appearance 37

Forgery of $3.50 Check 38

Child Labor in Nokomis Cotton Mill 40

3 Front-Page Sensationalism

Murdered by Dudley Moore 43

A True Story About Men Killing Each Other 46

"That Man Ain't Afraid of the Devil" 54

Woman Brutally Murdered 54

4 Believe It or Not

White Slave Trading 61

What Became of the Chief? 63

Assault with Attempt to Rape Eleven-Year-Old Girl 64

Liquor Responsible for Lexington Tragedy 65

Gold, Silver, Wood and Brass 67

Unexpected House Guests 68

Gold Blooded and Entirely Without Provocation 71

5 Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Pool Rooms: A Wastage of Money" 73

All Because She Refused a Bath 74

Against Their Will 75

Prostitution 76

Rattler Makes Front-Page News 80

Moonshine 80

Wild Drive through Lexington 81

Statutory Rape 82

Remembrances of Segregated Lexington 83

6 And the Beat Goes On

Shoplifting 87

Obscene Mail 89

Driver Is Charged with Embezzlement 91

Taxi Driver Arrested with Embezzlement of $9.20 92

Mashed Yellow Apple in Bank Robbery Bag 93

Wicked Polio Strikes Lexington 94

1903 Was a Very Wicked Year in Lexington 96

Mob Lynches Three 100

7 On the Lighter Side of Wickedness

Different but Interesting Reporting 105

Ghosts and Tramps 106

1926 Conspiracy 108

Sleazy Horse Trader and Trashy Sidewalks 108

Jug Breaking Concert: Swigging or Wholesome Fun? 109

To Our Creditors 110

Nothing New Under the Sun 110

Some Proposed Laws 110

He Had to Go Home 111

Hunter Leaves Obscene Note 112

Hundred-Dollar Penalty for Writing Too Much 113

Excessive Timidity 113

Appendix: Old Lexington Recipes 115

Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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    Posted January 28, 2014

    Very Interesting

    Enjoyable read with some interesting facts. We always think that our world is so different today, but is it really?

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