Charlotte: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem by David Aaron Moore
Today's Charlotte is a fast-growing and well-respected city. but the Charlotte of yesteryear is rife with tales of the macabre, tragic and simply unexplainable. Prepare to be surprised and unnerved as the dark side of Charlotte is brought to life by native and long-time writer David Aaron Moore. Learn about Nellie Freeman, who nearly decapitated her husband with a straight razor in 1926. Discover how the ghosts of Camp Green infantrymen, the doughboys of World War I, still scream in the Southern night. Read about the seventy-one passengers who lost their lives as Eastern Airlines Flight 212 fell to the earth one foggy night in 1974. Come along and experience the grisly past of the City of Churches.
Charlotte, North Carolina native David A. Moore has more than 18 years of professional writing and editing experience. Since 2005 he has penned the ongoing serial fiction column "Elmwood Park" for Uptown Magazine (www.uptownclt. com). Moore's work has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, Creative Loafing, Charlotte Weekly, and Swing and Banktown, among others. He has interviewed such celebrated personalities as Hugh Grant, John Travolta, Lily Tomlin, Tammy Faye, Fantasia, Grace Jones, Melissa Etheridge, and Nancy Sinatra. Over a 14-year-period he has worked as an editor for a number of publications, including Atlanta-based Jezebel; Window Media's Southern Voice and the Washington Blade; and Pride Publishing's Q-Notes. Currently he's enjoying the life of a freelancing free spirit, focusing on his fictional writing for Uptown and a series of forgotten history pieces for Charlotte Weekly.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements 9 Introduction 11 The Saga of Benny Mack 15 Razor Girl 23 The Mausoleum Murder 29 Franklin Freeman: Who Killed ReRe? 37 The Society Slayer 43 Solved After Forty Years: The Starnes Case 49 Did the Millionaire Kill His Mistress? 57 Outlaws Motorcycle Massacre 63 Camp Greene 65 Mercy: The Haunted Hospital? 71 Palmer Fire School: When Walls Speak 75 Ball O' Fire 79 The Crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 212 83 The Guthery Goes Up in Flames 89 Love's Pass 93 The Charlotte Lounge Fires 101 The Second Ward Trolley Disaster 103 Civil Rights Bombings: Hatred Explodes 107 When a Lynch Mob Ruled Charlotte 111 Bibliography 115 About the Author 125