Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

by Bower


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596292512
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 1,236,819
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Bean Bower is an award-winning writer, native Tar Heel, and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bower is the author of North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier; Animal Adventures in North Carolina; Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem; and Moravians in North Carolina.

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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