The Ghost of John Gamble

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This is one of the strangest courtroom dramas ever fathomed… and it actually happened. Like the Greenbriar Ghost, John Gamble was murdered and it was said his ghost returned to seek legal vengeance upon the man who killed him.  …

Sullivan County’s First and Only Hanging

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Sullivan County’s only hanging took place on November 17, 1897. Some rumors state it was actually done inside the courthouse, but there’s little documentation to go by. All we know is the man convicted was lead to the gallows. In…

An Appalachian Romeo and Juliet

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The Ripley and Sutherland families of Hawkins County, Tennessee, were much like the Capulet and Montague families in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, the outcome of their struggles was also much the same. This proves the old adage that “parents…

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…