Tag Archives: crime in Appalachia

The Chain Gang and The Oconee County Cage

Report on Oconee County Chain Gang Mr. Newton Kelly Foreman: Visited July 11 1918 by Assistant Secretary Broyles Convicts present: 16, 3 of them being trusties. All negroes. Camped about three miles from Seneca. The average daily population on this gang for the past two and a half years has been approximately 12. We found […]


The Harpes —Two Outlaws of Pioneer Times

On April 22, 1799, the Governor of Kentucky issued a Proclamation offering a reward for the capture of either or both of the Harpe Brothers. Reports of killings in Kentucky were followed by others from southern Illinois, then from east Tennessee, then again from Kentucky. Among their victims was one of their own children. Declaring that Little Harpe’s crying infant would some day be the means of pursuers detecting their presence, Big Harpe slung the baby by the heels against a tree and literally burst its head into pieces.


Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered?

THE GREENVILLE [TN] DAILY NEWS – April 15, 1910 MYSTERY SHROUDS THE KILLING OF BEN ALLEN. Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered? MAN ARRESTED AND NOW IN JAIL. J.C. Lindley, who boarded at dead man’s home, 204 Hammett Street, Poe Mill, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff John Hunsinger and will be held […]


John Hardy attributed his downfall to whiskey

Wheeling Daily Register January 20, 1894 All Were Murderers Four Men Suffer the Extreme Penalty for Their Crimes John Hardy Hanged at Welch, McDowell County, for Killing Thomas Drews Last Spring… Special Telegram to the Register. WILD E, W. VA., January 19. – “John Hardy, for killing Thomas Drews, both colored, was hung at 2:09 […]


Yellow Mama claims her first victim in AL

“Some time between 1 o’clock and daybreak, Horace Devaughn will be led into the death chamber to pay the penalty for the murder of A.B. Moore and Mrs. Ruby Thornton in Birmingham last January,” reported The St. Petersburg Times on April 5, 1927. Three days later Devaughn, a black man, was executed at Kilby Prison, […]

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