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A House of Death in Carter County

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The night of January 7, 1938, didn’t start with any distinction; however, the events that would happen that night forever changed Carter County, Tennessee. Three little girls would be dead, and the nation would be left asking, “why?

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Rage

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William Bales visited brother-in-law Burney Bayless on October 4, 1908. He didn’t say a word as he entered the house in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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A Fatal Attraction

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John Orr came home from work as usual, but things at home were not as usual on July 2, 1906. His wife was missing, and so were some of her belongings.

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A Cold Case in Nickelsville

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It was a mild and balmy May evening when services ended at Culbertson’s Chapel, in Nickelsville, Virginia. Everson “Red” Collins attended and afterward visited with friends at the home of Kelly “Buster” or “Buck” Vermillion.

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Life after Death

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Elis Lawton was born in Scott County, Virginia. By 1905, he worked in Colorado mine owned by a man named Baxter Pate.

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The Haunted Brothel

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The area surrounding Williams Mill in Scott County, Virginia, has seen many changes in the past century. Perhaps the most notable is the demolition of several historic houses in the 1970s to make way for new land development.

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Reuben Herndon and the Ordeal of Blood

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The case of Reuben Herndon is often mentioned as one instance of the “ordeal of blood” in Virginia’s history, but unfortunately, no evidence can be found to support this long-held belief. Still, the case remains a fascinating glimpse at justice in Virginia just after the Civil War.

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Noah Fulton and the Execution of Confusion

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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 in 1907.

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Greeneville’s Gossip Fatalities

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Humanity has long known the dangers of idle gossip. The process of verbal embellishment and fabrication led to countless battles, social exile, and even Inquisition horrors, just in the previous millennium.

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The Murderous Belle of Powell Valley

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

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