Tag Archives: crime in Appalachia

The Ashland Tragedy

One Christmas morn in eighty-one, Ashland Kentucky that quiet burg, Was startled the day had not yet dawned When the cry of fire was heard. For well they knew two fair ladies Had there retired to bed. The startled crowd broke in, alas, To find the girls both dead. And from the hissing, seething flames […]

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The Story of Freeda Bolt

The Roanoke [VA] Times, Thursday Morning, December 19, 1929– Body of Floyd County Girl Is Found On Bent Mountain; Disappeared Last Thursday Extensive Search Had Been Made for Freeda Bolt, 18, of Near Willis–Sheriff Locates Body on Information Reported Given Him By Buren Harmon, Held at Floyd in Connection With Case. The body of Freeda […]

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Ed Nelson Given Heavy Sentence

Was Charged With Killing John Stinson on Laurel Creek Sunday, June 30th November 22, 1935 – The jury returned a verdict of guilty late Wednesday afternoon and fixed Ed Nelson’s punishment at twenty years in the Virginia penitentiary. Two full days were consumed in Judge Buchanan’s Circuit Court this week in the trial of Ed […]

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He was laboring to prevent the sudden discovery that he was the lost child

“Two strokes of paralysis convinced me that I am on the borderland, I feel it my duty before my voice is hushed upon the shore to give some tragical features in the life of my brother, Stillman, in proof of the perpetuity and power of nursery impressions. “A childless couple was my father’s nearest neighbors. […]

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All who remained were quickly shot dead (part 2 of 2)

Ira Mullins Family Massacre aka “Killing Rock Massacre,” Dr. Taylor Hanging and shoot-out with the Fleming Brothers Kentucky Explorer [Letcher County, KY], October 28, 1893 (part 2 of 2) Soon Mullins started to Kentucky with several barrels of whiskey accompanied by his family. Taylor was notified, and scanning the route of the party, selected a […]

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