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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.

Ku Klux Karma

American history is filled with atrocities committed by the Ku Klux Klan. It brings a welcome sense of divine justice to discover situations where

The Suicide that was Murder

Dr. Isaac "Cam" Anderson, brother of Bristol's Mayor Anderson, wedded a Gate City beauty named Mary Nelms in October of 1901.

The Importance of Good Catering

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

The Murder of the Ladies’ Man

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Thomas Haydin was a man who loved the ladies. In April of 1897, that affection caught up with him.

The Consequences of Irreverent Laughter

Scott County's only double-execution happened on February 6, 1885. The hanging occurred in Estillville, later known as Gate City, Virginia.

M. B. “Doc” Taylor (1836-1893)

For some reason, many papers of the era list him as "C. H.