Tag Archives: crime in Appalachia

The Killing Rock Massacre of 1892

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 1 of 2) Dr. Marshall B. Taylor was hanged at Wise Courthouse, Virginia, at 2:20 this afternoon, October 27, 1893, for the murder of the Mullins Family. Last night […]

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Embarrassed wife has Oakland’s first doctor executed

Please welcome guest blogger Jim Rada. Rada writes the monthly local history column for the Cumberland Times-News and has had four historical novels published that were set in the region. He writes his own blog on historical subjects at historyarchive.wordpress.com, where this post originally ran. It’s been said that hell hath no fury like a […]

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The bandits wantonly killed first and then seized the payroll

Few records of the Glen Alum [WV] payroll robbery exist, but in 1959 the late O.H. Booton, retired ‘Daily News’ staff writer, wrote to Charlotte Sanders from Macon, Ga., recalling the August 1914 incident he covered in person. Booton spent 42 years as a newsman in Mingo County. Here is his story of the robbery: […]

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Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered?

THE GREENVILLE [SC] 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 […]

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They deliberated whether to kill her or let her go

An Extraordinary Story Told by a West Virginia Girl who was Kidnapped Sunday Night [New York Times, April 8, 1891] Wheeling, West Va., April 7. —Since Sunday night, about 9:30 o’clock, there has been much excitement in this city and vicinity over the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Miss Amy Morgan, niece of Henry Morgan, […]

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