Tag: true crime

The Slanderous Tombstone That Changed A North Carolina Law

Many pages of history have been recorded from old epitaphs of tombstones which frequently reveal not only a person’s death but how and whether the end was peaceful.  Some inscriptions often comment on the deceased’s virtues, or lack thereof, of local natives in the community.  When foul play is involved, the victim’s tombstone may name the murderer and calls on the passerby to associate that name with the viciousness that resulted in a person’s death.

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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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