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In this unique look at historic crimes of the Piedmont, Frances Casstevens offers readers a glimpse into the criminal mind and the consequences of criminal actions. No matter what piques your interest - be it Civil War stories or young love torn apart by tragedy - Casstevens provides sure-fire ammunition to keep the pages turning. Discover the true-life tales of the outlaw Jesse Dobbins, or of Daisy Hunt, a pregnant twenty-year-old who watches helplessly as her beloved bleeds to death in the snow. Read the story of the infamous Charles Lawson, a man who did the unthinkable - kill himself, his wife and his six children on Christmas Day, 1929. These are but a few examples of the featured tragedies that have shocked the North Carolina Piedmont in the last 150 years.
Frances Casstevens, historian, genealogist, and former professor at Wake Forest University, delivers facts in a spellbinding manner. Death in North Carolina's Piedmont: Tales of Murder, Suicide and Causes Unknown meticulously presents the details of each case and leaves it to you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
Who Killed Captain James West? 11
Who Murdered Laura Foster? 18
Who Shot Will Kelly? 35
A Crime of Passion: The Murder of Ellen Smith 43
Unidentified Skeleton in the Woods 53
Domestic Violence Can Be Fatal 56
Murder or Suicide: The Mysterious Death of Z. Smith Reynolds 61
A Stokes County Tragedy: The Lawson Family Murders 79
Otto Wood: The Bandit 86
Lovers' Triangle Plus Alcohol Equals Death 100
Crime Poems and Songs 109