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Charles Mead (?-1909)

Charles Mead (?-1909) Mead was a mountain desperado who robbed and murdered J.

Accidents and Events 1867-1930

This is a list of notable accidents and events that occurred in the Tri-Cities region: In March of 1867, Rev.

No Greater Love

Life in early Appalachia wasn't always about outlaws and the thrill of blockading. It wasn't always gunfire and violence.

That’s a Flinch

Alexander Wright was a locomotive fireman in Bristol, Virginia. Wright loved practical jokes, until one joke went horribly wrong.

Roan Mountain’s Witch Gold

A poor Irish immigrant named Ardan came to America, just after the Revolutionary War. He found peace and tranquility in Roan Mountain.

From the Pulpit to the Prison

The police waited for Reverend Tipton to finish his sermon on November, in 1892. Attendees were stunned to learn the simple “mountain preacher,” was

An Everlasting Faint

The situation with John Gamble did not bode well for West Virginia cases that alleged paranormal involvement. Oddly enough, there was an unspoken change

Abingdon’s Femme Fatalle

The Baker trial of 1891 held the region spellbound with shameless love, infidelity, and ultimately murder. The prosecution’s star witness was the mistress herself,

The Parsimonious Philanderer

One of the most famous swindling Romeos was captured near Gate City, Virginia. Ironically, at the same time of  the "Lonely Hearts" serial killers,

Abingdon’s Dry Killers