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Noah Fulton and the Execution of Confusion

Noah Fulton's execution remains one of the most controversial instances of capital punishment in Virginia. The 21-year-old was tried and convicted of first-degree murder

The Murderous Belle of Powell Valley

Emma Rogers was the prettiest lady in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Her beauty and finery earned her the title, "The Belle of Powell Valley.

The Murder of Elsie Lawson

Elsie Lawson was a bright and vivacious 11-year-old in 1921. She lived with her family at the end of Pulp Row, or "Chinch Row"

The Bizarre Millionaire Murder

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James A. Mahoney is little known today, but in 1949, he was truly a Bristol pioneer on both sides of the state line.

Strange Case of Dr. Jay and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.

Ben Burchfield, Bristol’s Axe Murderer

The proverbial "axe murderer" is a staple of many urban legends. It's been the subject of countless works in film and fiction, inspired by

The Ghost in the Old Ross Cabin

The legend of the Travers Ghost hails from Bardstown, in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The old "Ross Cabin," was the scene of many paranormal events

The Ghost of John Gamble

This is one of the strangest courtroom dramas ever fathomed... and it actually happened.

Sullivan County’s First and Only Hanging

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

A Phantom Gasser

A number of mysterious gas attacks occurred in several Appalachian areas during the Twentieth Century. Intriguingly enough, despite numerous attacks, no culprits were ever