The year 1929 is possibly the most infamous year in the Twentieth Century, for the United States. February brought the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. That spring saw a superstorm that showered Oklahoma and Ohio with blizzard-like snows, while it littered the southeastern United States with destructive tornadoes and tempests, all within two days. One of the most notable was the Rye Cove tornado, which happened during this time. October brought Black Tuesday, Black Thursday, and Black Monday, when the Wall Street Crash plunged the nation into the Great Depression. November saw the Grand Banks earthquake in Newfoundland, Canada. December fared no better. For North Carolina, it brought the most heinous familicide in the state’s history. This was no ordinary killing, however. The most startling aspect to this slaughter was the mystery behind both its orchestration, as well as its aftermath.   It Begins Charles Davis Lawson had a large familyRead More →

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.Read More →

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, a natural formation on Stone Mountain promised to be a major attraction. Stone Mountain is directly on the boundaries of Wise and Scott Counties in Virginia.Read More →