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Murder Mystery: 50 years later, Van Auker slaying remains unsolved in small North Carolina town


Chatham County, N.C. The residents of Twin Falls, Idaho expressed shock after hearing a prominent and well-known member of their community had been murdered while on a business trip to Siler City, North Carolina. More than 50 years later, the baffling murder mystery still remains unsolved.

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Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson: Harmonica Blues Virtuoso and The Last Medicine Show

Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson was the most amazing harmonica virtuoso to ever hit the blues and folk festival music scene. Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson is now known among many blues musicians across the South as that “peg leg harp player that plays two harps at once (one with his nose).”

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Frankie Silver: Unjustly Hanged or Guilty of Murder

It’s the most famous, dramatic trial in North Carolina history, a murder mystery that shocked a small community in Mitchell County.  In 1831 a beautiful young girl named Francis “Frankie” Silver had just turned 18. She had a toddler named Nancy and a husband who was well-known in their small town for his love of drinking and consorting with other women.

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The Great Wagon Road: America’s First Interstate Highway Disappears

Daniel Boone declared, “The history of the western country has been my history.”  And for many native Appalachians and Southerners of Scotch-Irish, German-English descent, The Great Wagon Road is part of their family history–whether they’re aware of it or not.

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Phoebe Ward: The Mysterious Hag Witch of Northampton County

The legend of Phoebe Ward, the hag witch of Northampton County, North Carolina, became widely known when her story was brought to the big stage in Elizabeth A. Lay’s folk superstition drama When Witches Ride. This native folk play was one of the first productions presented by the Carolina Playmakers in 1922.

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The Magic of Words: North Carolina’s First Witch Trial


IGNORAMOUS:  That’s the all-caps, bolded word scrawled across the verdict of North Carolina’s first witch trial.

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