A Phantom Gasser

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A number of mysterious gas attacks occurred in several Appalachian areas during the Twentieth Century. Intriguingly enough, despite numerous attacks, no culprits were ever found and few clues were ever left. Unfortunately, the authorities seemed as disinterested as possible and…

The Silver Bullet

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Lawrence Nutting was a U. S. Marshall for Southern Virginia. By 1869, Virginia was filled with highwaymen, desperados, and outlaws of all kinds. The collapse of authority resulting from the Civil War was a license for many crimes that would’ve…

Lord Brewer’s Dragon Bed

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The ruins of a magnificent stone house once stood high atop a bluff in the North Carolina pine forests, alongside the Cape Fear River. The decaying castle had two ghosts, that of an older English gentleman, the other was a…

The Marble Hall Fiend

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Blevins arrested Joe Harris without incident. The authorities searched his belongings and found Charles Brown’s wallet, containing $253. Harris said he’d been out walking the evening before and met up with a stranger. He didn’t know him, but the stranger…

The Marble Hall Murder

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As with many uncommon houses, Marble Hall inevitably gained an uncommon history. A wealthy farmer named John Brown purchased the home after Rice’s debtors sold it. He lived there with several grown children, including a son named Charles. Charles was…