The History of Bad Men

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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.

Jim Wright (?-Sep. 8, 1902)

"Bad" Jim Wright (?-Sep.

Charles Mead (?-1909)

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

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

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,

The Buchanan County Butcher

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

The Spy Who Came to Kingsport

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

A House of Death in Carter County

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.

A Fatal Attraction

John Orr came home from work as usual, but things at home were not as usual on July 2, 1906. His wife was missing,