Tag Archives: crime in Appalachia

President McKinley’s assassin and the Charleston connection

This article, “What connections did President McKinley’s assassin have with West Virginia?” by Larry Shockley, originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette on February 18, 2009.  It has been slightly edited here. One of the most enduring stories in the history of West Virginia concerns the identity of the assassin of President William McKinley. According to […]

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Two new crime thrillers from Appalachia, reviewed

From Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2010: Crimes grow in rich Appalachian soil Sharyn McCrumb’s ‘The Devil Amongst the Lawyers’ and Vicki Lane’s ‘The Day of Small Things’ find a rare mix of thriller elements in a particular region. By Sarah Weinman | Special to the Los Angeles Times Appalachia’s mix of strong religious ties, farming, crop […]

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Lewis Redmond – the Prince of Dark Corners

Pickens County SC’s most famous outlaw — and in his time, the nation’s best-known bad-man — is coming back to The Oconee Community Theatre, in Seneca, near where he lies dead, but not forgotten. Lewis Redmond, whose monologue paints a life of local bootlegging, a regretted murder, popular adoration and a rough few years in […]

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Heroes and Villains: Robert Chapman Osborne

Please welcome guest blogger Ron Dees, author of the Wythe Notes blog. “After 35 years of beating my head against the brick wall that is Washington, DC, as a lobbyist turned chef,” says Ron, “I dragged the long-suffering Anne to the wilds of Appalachia. Wythe Notes is my attempt to get in touch with my […]

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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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