That’s the way the story was told for the next 85 years — that is, if anyone in Dickenson County spoke of it at all, which most people did not. Folks did not want to upset the men’s numerous descendents.
That would have been the end of it, except for Jenny Cooper, who is a granddaughter of Mullins and a genealogical sleuth. Cooper’s mother had always told her that the tragedy on the courthouse steps was not the result of some family feud. Cooper’s mother always claimed that her father had died in the line of duty.
In Howard’s shadow was his son, Frank, who in his mid-twenties began escorting around New Orleans a widow six years his senior. The Lottery King strongly objected to his son’s amorous relationship and demanded it be ended, even offering his son $50,000 as an inducement to do so. The expectation that his son would acquiesce was certainly ensured given Howard’s penchant for barking orders and manipulating the lives, ambitions and fortunes of so many in and around New Orleans.
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 Bolt, […]