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Bradley Casteel and His Missing Girl

Bradley Casteel was Big Stone Gap native who'd fallen on hard times in Norfolk, Virginia. He was working in a prison camp on charges

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

Oliver Vermillion was a wealthy man in the 1820s. He lived in the Thompson's Ford area of Nicklesville, Virginia.

The Tragic Ballad of Lillie Davis

Ack Hale burst into the Bristol police station on the night of March 27, 1907. He told authorities he'd just been near the East

The Black Mountain Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle has been discussed for centuries for its disappearances and strange events. What is not known is that Appalachian regions also have

The Wentz Mystery

The Wentz mystery is a phenomenon that hit Southwest Virginia in the early 1900s. It's imperative to understand rural Appalachian life to explore the

Love, Honor, and Attempted Murder

A lavish wedding occurred at Virginia's Emory and Henry College in May of 1855. Noted bachelor Henry Solon Kane, Esq.

The Ridiculous Regulators

One of the worst episodes of deadly incompetence in southwest Virginia was enacted by a group of men who called themselves "Regulators." They wore

Strange Cases of Kleptomania

These Virginia thieves put the "mania" in kleptomania. The authorities were as amused by them as residents were annoyed with them.

The Legend of the Big Stone Gap Vampire

Vampire lore is one of the most popular forms of folklore and its reach spans the globe. Here’s a tale of ghoulish proportions that

Virginia’s Code Duello

The "Code Duello" is the historic term for the "gentlemanly" act of dueling. This historic practice permeated societies around the globe for centuries.