Tag Archives: crime in Appalachia

Bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd drops in a hail of 93 bullets

When asked by Federal agent Melvin Purvis about the Kansas City Massacre, he snapped, “I won’t tell you anything, you son-of-a-bitch.” Depending on whose version is more accurate, these may well have been Charles Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd’s last words. Today is the 79th anniversary of the shoot-out death of the career bank robber who […]

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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.

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The Great B&O Train Robbery

“Two men with guns was robbing people. Going through the train, they shot a porter in the leg, and proceeded to go to the engineer. Going through the diesel part, they ran across a diesel mechanic, who back in them days rode the diesels. And the one boy put the diesel mechanic down on the floor and told him to lay there.”

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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 […]

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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 […]

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