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Abingdon’s Femme Fatalle

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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, and she wove a fantastic web in the courtroom.

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The Buchanan County Butcher

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Everyone seems to have a complaint with the justice system today. The fact remains that most of us take our due process for granted.

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The Spy Who Came to Kingsport

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Notorious Soviet spy Harry Gold was captured in 1950. For most of America, it just meant another enemy agent was no longer working against the nation.

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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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The Tall Soldier of Indian Creek

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A mysterious figure once haunted the Indian Creek area of Wise County, Virginia. The phantom was over seven feet tall and haunted all who passed by his grave.

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The Squeaking Door

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A tale out of Letcher County, Kentucky, is about an unusual haunting. Preacher Wesley “Little Wes” Collins experienced one of the strangest ghosts in Appalachian history.

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