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Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

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A young man charged with murder is marched through the streets of Winston and Salem and hanged on the outskirts of town... A tragic event carries several citizens into a raging river and to their deaths... An eccentric with a fascination for chemicals blows himself up at the Salem Hotel...

Through the use of primary documents these and other fascinating stories of Winston and Salem's past are vividly brought to life. Jennifer Bean Bower, associate curator of photographic ...

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A young man charged with murder is marched through the streets of Winston and Salem and hanged on the outskirts of town... A tragic event carries several citizens into a raging river and to their deaths... An eccentric with a fascination for chemicals blows himself up at the Salem Hotel...

Through the use of primary documents these and other fascinating stories of Winston and Salem's past are vividly brought to life. Jennifer Bean Bower, associate curator of photographic collections at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, has spent many years collecting accounts of the extraordinary historic events that have occurred in her hometown of Winston-Salem. Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem covers 118 years of history and introduces readers to real-life characters and stories not soon to be forgotten.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596292512
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,400,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     9
Acknowledgements     11
Introduction     13
"From His Death a Local Ghost Story Arose"     17
The Man Who Skated on Thin Ice     23
A Mysterious Explosion at the Salem Hotel     29
The Executions of Frank and Lucy     37
Stabbed to Death in the Streets of Winston     43
Evil Times in Salem     47
Tragedy at the Salem Female Academy     55
A Fatal Accident at the Salem Hotel     59
A Lynching in Winston     69
A Strange Case of Double Murder     79
Poor Ellen Smith     83
A Six-year-old Boy Drowned in Salem Creek     107
Awful Calamity at the Winston Reservoir     115
Bibliography     121
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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Almost a five star...

    Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite

    "Winston and Salem Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem" by Jennifer Bean Bower is quite a fascinating book. The author who is an associate curator of the photographic collections at the Old Salem Museums and Gardens, has provided some excellent photographs throughout the book dealing with twenty two people who had their lives come to a tragic end back in the 1700¿s and 1800¿s. The stories presented here are true and are obtained by the author from primary documents. These historic events include ghost stories, a mysterious explosion, executions by hanging, murder, and drowning. Every picture throughout the book either relates to a person connected to the crime or unusual death or a map which was a place of interest at the time.

    This is a small book and can be read in an evening. It is very interesting and informative to read about the court trials and the length of time it took to hold them. Really it was no different from today¿s court sessions. With each turn of the page the reader is pulled into the lives of the individuals, whether it is the account of their death, the lynch mob that hung a man before he even went to court, or the one who claimed innocence right to the end. The book is very well-written and was awarded by the North Carolina Society of Historians. For those who like to read non-fiction books of a historical nature that include murder and mysteries along with a touch a mayhem thrown in, then I feel this is the right choice.

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