North Mississippi Murder & Mayhem

North Mississippi Murder & Mayhem

by Kristina Stancil


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North Mississippi's idyllic rolling hills and deep forests hide a history steeped in blood. America's first serial killers, the Harpe brothers, brutally murdered as many as fifty people at the end of the 1700s before finally meeting their end on the Natchez Trace. During Reconstruction, politician William Clark Falkner, great-grandfather of the author William Faulkner, was shot in the streets of Ripley by a former business partner after being elected to the state legislature. In the 1960s, Samuel Bowers and the Mississippi Klan tried to start a national race war by orchestrating the Freedom Summer murders and the Ole Miss Riot. Kristina Stancil details the shadowy side of North Mississippi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467139366
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/04/2018
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,221,179
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kristina Stancil has a master's degree in English from Tiffin University. Originally from Louisiana, she now lives in the North Mississippi area. Stancil is a regular contributor to Serial Killer Magazine and Halloween Haunts. She has previously contributed to the Houma Courier and was interviewed as the August 2013 Fresh Blood Author of the Month. She is currently studying to be a criminologist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I Political Assassinations 13

Red Shoes 14

William F. Tucker 16

William Clark Falkner 17

Part II Hate Crimes 20

Richard Barrett 22

Samuel Bowers 24

James Mercdith versus Ole Miss 32

Fdward L. Cates 41

Part III Serial Killers 45

The Harpe Brothers 49

Samuel "Wolfman" Mason 53

The Truck Stop Killer 55

The Red Head Murders 62

The Cross Country Killer 65

Ghosts of Columbus Murderer 77

The Vampire Rapist of Mississippi 79

Part IV Evil, for the Sake of Evil 82

Jessica Layne Chambers 83

Kristi Leigh Fulgham and Tyler Edmonds 88

Thomas E. Loden Jr. 95

The Ridings Family 97

Part V Mystery and Mayhem 99

"Water Valley Axe Murders 99

The Ashlee Smith Mystery 103

Bibliography 107

About the Author 109

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