The Felon File Podcast is a discussion of law enforcement history, issues, and incidents. Stories of justice and justice failed, in the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Hosted by Scott Lunsford, retired police detective sergeant, author, and researcher. Listened in 22 countries worldwide.
Episode 6-7. The 1927 North Carolina Miller manhunt
The Story of the Broadus Miller manhunt in 1927. Newspapers Nationwide that year wrote about the 13-day murder and manhunt incident.
It was called “The Largest Manhunt in Western North Carolina History”. How did it end? Is there more to the story than what the papers said?
Listen and decide.
On line 7-31-2021 @ 7 PM EST USA.
Bonus 6 3. Victoria's Special level of hell for Offenders
Victoria's latest collection of candidates for that special level of Hell reserved for Child Molesters and people who talk in the theater.
11 Recent arrests of individuals using the internet to lure children into abuse.
Felon File Podcast 6-6. The Bluebeard of Paris. Who was the Serial Killer called the Bluebeard of Paris? Who and how many did he kill? Murdering women and their family members from January 1915 to January 1919. He was arrested and given a standing-room-only trial. It was thought Madam Guillotine had finished the story. Yet in 1966 Bluebeard once more was in the world of media and news, as well as back in a modern courtroom. Even today his severed head is displayed at the Museum of Death in Hollywood. Was it Evil or just greed and want for power and control? Listen and decide.
On-Line 7-24-2021. 7:00 PM EST.
Episode 6-5. The Shooting of Sheriff Merrill & the first shot of the Civil War in North Carolina.
It was Election day May 13th, 1861 in a Small North Carolina Mountain town. There is a disturbance in the street. A pistol shot, then a pursuit of the shooter. A young boy is shot and Sheriff Ranson Merrill is killed. Who did it and why?
Was this the first shot of the American Civil War in North Carolina? Many questions, but are there answers? Listen and find out.
Stay for the end of the podcast, for another of Victoria's Special Place in Hell update on a criminal that may be heading to that Special Place in Hell Victoria is found of sending people to.
Episode 6-5. On line 7-17-2021 @ 7:00 PM US EST.
Episode 6-4 The Taco Bell Strangler of the 1990s
Henry Louis Wallace, labeled the "The Taco Bell Strangler", by the press of the early 1990s.
An American serial killer who targeted women in Charlotte, North Carolina.
How was he caught and where is he today?
Listen to discover.
The 1907 Western North Carolina trial of Zeke Austin.
Was it murder or justified homicide? Why was Evidence unrelated to the death of the victim put before the jury?
Should the judge be allowed to tell his opinion on the case to the jury? Before the jury is dismissed?
Did the murder occur because the defendant learned how to smoke from neighborhood boys?
Let's listen and decide for ourselves.
A bonus podcast of Felon File.
This weekend. July fourth, 2021 is the celebration of Independence in the United States of America. An ongoing experiment in freedom and independence.
Podcast producer, Victora vents on the issue of free speech for Police and Law Enforcement Agencies banned from the Facebook platform.
On-Line for the 4th.
Episode 6-2, A Certified Nursing Assistant on Death Row
Are individuals as fragile as a porcelain statue? The younger the person is, the thinner the protective glaze. When the glaze or porcelain is broken, we can do our best to repair it. Sometimes the breakage is too extensive and will change how it appears, and how it will now sit on the shelf of life. CNA Carlette Parker could be an example of this.
Episode 6-1. Season Six The 1926 trial of Deputy Sheriff Two-Gun Ben Fowler
In our first story of season, Six of Felon File.
Scott discusses The 1926 trial of Deputy Sheriff Two-Gun Ben Fowler
Was he guilty? Or as he claimed framed by his enemies.
Listen and decide for yourself.
Bonus start of season 6. Murder of a 7-year-old.
A bonus episode by Podcast Producer Victoria, while Scott is doing some research and investigation for the upcoming season six of the felon file podcast. The Cold case murder of a 7-year-old young man, Knowledge Sims. One year ago April 2020.
The murders still at large. Hiding from justice.
Episode 5-20. Two Homicides from 2011
Ten years. One decade ago. 2011 was a busy year. A Lot was going on in the world.
In 2011, Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed by a very serious group of people who didn't like him very much.
In May, 2011 the United States killed Osama bin Laden. This was also done by a very, very serious group of people, who did not care for him much either.
In North Carolina, 519 homicides occurred in 2011. Up 6.3 %. 75 individuals were killed in domestic violence-related incidents. Scott discusses two of these incidents.
Episode 5-19. Executed twice. Was it Double Jeopardy?
1944 murder of a Louisiana druggist in his own backyard. Lost evidence and unchallenged confessions. There was a trial of one 15-year-old defendant. He was found guilty and executed. Twice.
On line 5-29-2021 at 7:00 PM EST
Episode 5-18. The thirty-year murder case.
A 1900 argument over one man’s wife ends in the death of one of two Mountain cousins. The shooter disappears only to reappear at the sheriffs office turning himself in and demanding a trial 30 years later. Why then? No one was looking for him. The crime had mostly been forgotten. Listen and find out the reasons.
On line 5-22-2021 @ 7:00 PM EST
Felon File A Real crime podcast
Episode 5-17, That Special Place in Hell.
Scott discusses three shade of blue stories where the victims are some of our most vulnerable in our society. Three current stories of how the perpetrators were stopped. What they face after being caught and tried.
One suspect receiving the ultimate penalty and his case being heard in a very high court.
On line on 5-15-2021 at 7:00 PM EST.on most Podcast Platforms.
Who killed the Hermit of spring creek and Why?
Today's discussion and shade of blue story is a homicide from 1939 Madison County, North Carolina.
Who murdered the mountain hermit? How did they get caught?
Why were the offenders tried in court twice?
Listen and find out.
On-Line 5-8-2021 @ 7:00 PM EST
bonus, 5-1 Are ACRB?
“ACAB – the barrel is rotten,” reads the sign outside of Our Place Inn – a family-owned motel and RV park in Maggie Valley North Carolina.
A.C.A.B. is an acronym meaning “All Cops Are Bas****.”
Some were deeply offended because two police officers recently lost their lives just a few counties away.
Episode 5-15 The massacre of the Donnelly family.
An Irish immigrant family who settled in the backcountry of Upper Canada.
Physical and court fights over property, money, transport franchises, and other issues between the Donnelly family and their neighbors turned deadly one night in February 1880.
James Donnelly opened his front door one morning and was met by 15 to 20 disguised night riders.
The men killed the family then set the farm on fire.
Who did it and why? Was the Local Church involved? Who was guilty and innocent? Listen as Scott explains.
On-Line: 5/1/21 at 7:00 PM EST.
Episode 5-14. At 15 years old he was told to die in prison. He came close.
Freedom after 82 % of his life was spent behind bars. Is it constitutional? Legal? Morally right? What alternatives do we have for convicted killers?
Lots of questions, what are the answers. A look at several examples of long prison terms.
Episode 5-13 The wicked stepmother. Truth or Fiction.
The stories of the wicked stepmother aren't always fairy tales. A shade of blue story going beyond the Appalachian mountains. Beyond and down. Down under to Australia if we were to be more specific. Our discussion takes us from Wagga Wagga, Australia, to Hickory North Carolina USA. The tragic story of a freckle-faced little girl, Zahra Baker.
Episode 5-12. Cops in Court. Carjacker lectures. Egg thief Deputy of Buncombe County & Covid crooks
In this episode, Cops in Court. A carjacker lectures a mother on child safety. The 1800's egg thief Deputy of Buncombe County. The Remo rocket scientist and more Covid crooks.
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Episode 5-11. A missing mother, murder, pizza, and Sheriff Ponder.
A shade of blue story that takes us from, 1975 south Vietnam. Then to Guam, a refugee camp in Pennsylvania. To Greenville South Carolina then Asheville North Carolina. The Main Street of Marshall in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Federal Court and a final ending in the Columbia South Carolina prison death chamber.
Was justice secured for all involved? listen and you decide.
Online 4-3-2021 @ 7:00 PM EST
Episode 5-10. Who shot the Sheriff? You will be surprised.
The 1932 killing of a North Carolina Sheriff. Shot with his own gun. The investigation and arrest of a suspect. The physical evidence, statements, and science just did not work out to prove the suspect did the homicide. The investigation and court case reverberated across the state all the way to the Governor's Office. Was Justice found or was it denied? Listen and decide. FelonFile.com
Episode 5-9. Murder of the Widow
1951 Lexington North Carolina. Assault and Murder of a widow in her own home. The Investigation, Arrest, and Court case. A review of the findings of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Was the evidence circumstantial?
Was there more to this case? What happened to the defendant? Was the State right or wrong? Listen and come to your own conclusion.
Online: 3/20/21 at 7:00 PM EST.
Episode 5-8, Confidence Artists of today and yesterday.
A phone scam message left on the Host's voice mail sends Scott on another research expedition looking for information to pass along to his listeners. He also uncovers another Shade of Blue Story that is discussed. One of the infamous con men of yesterday and how he made his money. Everyone wants a shortcut but let's not forget what J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Fellowship of the Ring said, “Short cuts make long delays.”
Online: 3/13/21 at 7:00 PM EST
Episode 5-7. The Morris Murders of 1879
An unsolved murder investigation of Husband and Wife, Charles Henry Morris and Esther Jones Morris of Decatur, Michigan. Murdered in the middle of the night by an unknown person or persons. What was the motive? Who is the killer?
These questions have never been answered
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Episode 5-6, The Trial of Thomas W Strange.
A killing in 1875. The son of the Sheriff of Haywood county is shot after a disagreement with Thomas Strange, a visitor from Wilmington North Carolina. Who with friends was on a sightseeing and fishing tour of the mountains. Was the killing self-defense or Murder?
Listen and decide.
Episode 5-5 Were they hung because of the cat?
Or did they just pick the wrong place and the wrong victim?
A daring robbery that went wrong in the North Carolina Mountains. 120 years ago.
Episode 5-3, Human Trafficking, Juvenile killers, Juvenile Victims and a Million dollar Larceny
The Felon File discussion today is a look at a collection of stories on Human trafficking. Murdering juveniles, and murdered juveniles. A Car Jacking and Larceny of close to a million dollars.
Episode 5-2 Part two of The The Wigwam Murder.
Today's discussion. Is Part Two of A murder from the 1940s. A murder That occurred outside of a World War Two military base in England. The Wigwam Murder. Part Two. A discussion with Dirk Deklein. Talking to us From Ireland. He is the writer of the Blog. History of Sorts.
Episode 5-4- The Murder of 2 little girls in 1966 Tennessee.
Today's discussion. The killing of two little girls in 1966 Tennessee. The murder convicted in 1967 but tried a second time in 2008. What was the reasoning behind the second court case? Listen to the story and decide if it was the right thing to do.
Episode 5-1 The Wigwam Murder
Today's discussion. A murder from the 1940s outside a World War Two military base in England. The Wigwam Murder. Part one. Part two is a discussion with Dirk Deklein from Ireland writer of the Blog History of Sorts.
Due to Scott’s recovery from the covid virus and pneumonia. New Podcast episodes may be delayed. Enjoy this re-edited previously posted episode.
The Murder of 17-year-old Muriel Baldridge in 1947. Found beaten to death under a bridge the morning of June 28, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
This story is the most listened to story on Scott’s Podcast.
The Murder after decades of investigation by local, state, and federal investigators follows a strange path of confessions, retracted confessions, and finally a sensational trial with a controversial verdict.
To this day the case remains unsolved. Thought of as one very confusing investigation and legal case in Eastern Kentucky if not the Southern United States.
The Podcast starts with a ballad telling the story of the tragic event from the Appalachian Mountains. The Ballad was written in 1949, the recording made in 1977.
Episode 4-20 Killer Robots, Court House Killings and Work Violence
Robot killers, violence on the job, and courthouse shootings. If you're killed by a robot is that Murder?
Acts of violence and other injuries is currently the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the top cause of death for women in the workplace.
Courthouse shooting in 1994. Causing the death of A Yancey County N.C. Criminal Court magistrate and two police officers bringing wounded.
Due to the covid situation we have had to swap up our line up. Episode 4-19 Punishment for a 12-year-old Killer.
The killer was a Cops Kid.
Infamous for his punishment.
What did the Judge do? Did the kid need a second chance? What did the District Attorney say? Was the conviction the end of the story?
What do you think? Listen and decide.
The concept of sanity. How crazy is too crazy?
Just like anything in life you can have too much. Or too little. Is too much sanity possible? Not enough insanity can also be an issue.
Noncompos mentis. meaning "not of a sound mind".
How do we tell if someone is not mentally sound to stand trial? Should we hold everyone to the same standard of Right vs. Wrong.?
When is too much insanity, how much is too much?
Regardless of the precise legal standard, the insanity defense is rarely raised and even more rarely successful.
A fine topic for your host, who’s own sanity has been called into question.
Episode s-4-17 Abuse, Neglect, and Homicide of our Children
The death of any child is a terrible thing, Dwight Eisenhower said.
“There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
Today's Episode and shade of blue story cover child neglect issues and cases.
A sad topic but one that can impact an entire community.
Episode S-4-16 The Worlds Best Con Man?
Scott discusses another famous conman from the 1920s and thirty's. There is a fascination with the exploits of the criminal confidence man as well as the apparent gullibility of the victim. Yet. Lest we forget. We shouldn’t judge others when we might have fallen victim our self's. If we found our-self in the same situation.
What do you think? Listen, yourself, and decide.
Episode s4-15 Big Bertha the Confidence Woman
Another Shade of Blue Story on con women. A comparison of some modern methods of swindling money vs. Someone who was described as "one of the smartest confidence women in America", and considered by the New York City police to be "the boldest and most expert of the many female adventuresses who infest the country." She managed to swindle many men out of thousands of dollars. Even doing so while locked behind bars.
Episode S-4- 14 Crimes and Cons of the 1918 pandemic
Would people take advantage of others who are sick? Do people prey on others during times of national crisis?
One young lady became quite infamous for her activities doing so.
A hundred years ago, before our current coronavirus crisis, the 1918 flu was killing people worldwide. . Perhaps more than 675,000 people in the United States and 50 million around the world.
Like today, in that crisis nurses were on the front line caring for the sick. Most hospitals were packed and the country needed nurses.
Miss Julia Lyons saw this need and stepped up. . But her intentions were not well-meaning, to say the least. She portrayed herself as a busy visiting home health nurse in Chicago during the pandemic of 1918. It “goes without saying when you look closely at Miss “Slick Julia,” as she came to be known, she was not Florence Nightingale.
Could this happen today? What do you think? Listen and decide.
Episode S-4-13 The Preacher did it. Or did he?
A shade of blue story that asks. Did the preacher kill his wife? Or was it suicide? Did the forensics of the day in the 1800s say it could not have been suicide and she died at the hands of an angry husband? What did the court think? What did the juries think? What do you think? Listen and decide for yourself.
on line Nov. 28, 2020
Episode S-4-12- Methodist Camp Meeting Killing of 1889
Typical camp meetings were held in an area where people would travel from a large region to a campsite for the "camp meeting".They would listen to itinerant preachers, pray, sing hymns, fellowship, and a bit of a vacation from the hard work of the farms. As much a community event as a religious one. A regular event in the Leicester community outside of Asheville NC every year in 1889 a disagreement and scuffle lead to the death of one man. Self-defense? Murder? Or an accident? What did the court and the press say? Listen to episode 4-11 to find out.
Scheduled for: 11/14/20 at 7:00 PM E.T.
Episode 4-11 He did the time / but did he do the crime?
Robert Duboise. Almost four decades in jail. At first given the death penalty for rape and murder. He said he didn't do it. He did the time but did he really do the crime? Listen and discover the facts.
Episode 4-9 More Young Killers
How young is too young to be a murder? Many states have guidelines established to determine when someone is to be charged or not charged due to there age. Is this right or wrong? Does it depend on the age, or on the facts related to certain investigations of crimes? Listen and decide. What do you think?
Episode 4-7 Before Columbine.
Many are familiar with the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. This shooting and bombing incident has impacted how schools are operated and will be operated from now on.
Before students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher, there were two other students Johnson and Golden. What they did influence the Columbine killers and their actions.
On line October 24th at 7:00 pm. Listen for free.
Episode 4-6 A 12 year old Murderer. Did the medicine make him do it?
Christopher Frank Pittman a 12 year old child. He was tried and convicted as an adult of two murders in 2001 in Alabama. His trial drew national attention in part because of his age and his defense was that proscribed medication made him do it.
What was the truth? Listen and decide.
Episode 4-4 Will we ever know how many children he killed?
A 1985 cold case murder and kidnapping of children by Fred Howard Coffey. A follow up to the 1975 murder cold case investigation discussed in Episode 4-3. How many children has Fred Coffey murdered? Will we ever know the total number?
Episode 4-4 Victoria's L.I.C. (Low Intelligence Criminal News)
More commonly referred to as dumb crook news, Victoria has selected some of her favorite for today's Shade Of Blue Stories.
"Truth is stranger than fiction but it is because fiction is obligated to stick to possibilities. The truth isn’t." Mark Twain.
Never say, that's the dumbest thing I ever heard of or seen. Simply enjoy the bus ride cause there are more strange things and stories, right around the corner and you ain’t seen or heard nothing yet.
Episode 4-3 - 1975 Child abduction/Cold case
A Child abduction/Murder cold case investigation from 1975. The Murder of two children who disappeared during a trip to a shopping mall. Justice for the two little girls taking 42 years to arrive.
Why was the investigation open for over 40 years? Listen and decide for yourself.
On line 10/3/20 at 7:00 PM
Episode -4-2. N.C. Officer killed in his living room.
Season four Episode two.
K-9 officer Witherspoon with the Concord North Carolina Police Department Is killed on his couch in his home. Murder? A suicide gone wrong? Accident or killed for money?
Why and how did wife, mother and church employee, Misty Witherspoon, do it?
Listen for your self and decide.
On Line 9-26-2020 at 7pm
Episode 4-1 3-25 The Hunt for Rudolph
Season 4 Sept-5 -2020
Between 1996 to 1998, bombs exploded or were located in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Asheville. The Blasts killing two and injuring hundreds. This started a five-year manhunt for Eric Robert Rudolph.
On May 31, 2003, FBI Top Ten Fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph was arrested by North Carolina police officer J.S. Postell. While on patrol he located Rudolph dumpster diving behind a grocery story in Murphy, North Carolina.
Rudolph had managed to elude the F.B.I. for five years while hiding out in the mountains after the bombings. Rudolph began his attacks July, 1996, when he planted a backpack bomb in crowded Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Episode -3-25- Sometimes a man just needs to be shot( and sometimes the Court Agrees.)
A Civil War atrocity. A Year after the war, revenge is found on the small town Southern College Campus of Mars Hill NC.
The killer is caught and tried. What did the court rule on the criminal murder charge? Right or Wrong? Did it even occur? Listen to Pod Cast 3-25 and hear for your self and decide. On line August 29, 2020 for free on 9 major podcast apps.
Episode 3-24. Murder with a stick? or Honor killing?
The story of one man’s honor when his wife is attacked.
Or is it? Revenge? Honor Killing?
Or just murder with a big stick?
Listen and you decide.
Episode 3-23 A tale of a truly Evil man.
Carl Panzram 1920and 30’s American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, robber, and burglar. In prison he confessions and writes his autobiography. Claiming to have killed at least 22, and committing over 1000 acts of sex offenses. Panzran operated cost to coast in the United States and even Africa. At one point stealing a pistol from President Taft that he used in his murdering ways.
Was he a serial killer? Or truly Evil in person.
Listen to the Five Four Two and the Blue Podcast and decide for yourself. On line 8-15-2020 @ 7pm
Episode -3-22 Murder and death in 1936 and 1937
Shade of Blue Stories of murder and accidental death in 1936 and 1937.
Domestic calls for service are some of the most dangerous for law enforcement response.
Murder can have many possible causes. Greed, jealousy, anger and possibly accidental? A look at several of the investigations during the years of 1936 and 1937.
Episode -3-21 Murder of a Swedish Assassin In Western North Carolina?
Investigations are many times all about connections and sometimes connections can cloud the direction of an investigation. How is the assignation of the Prime Minister of Sweden related to Western North Carolina? How does this connect to the arrest and conviction of a North Carolina Police Officer for Murder? Why does the former officer claim he was set up and framed by the U.S. Government. Listen and discover why. On line 8-1-2020 @ 7pm
Episode - 3-20 You got the wrong guy, It wasn't me!
Justice is supposed to be blind. Systems and courts have been set up and established to prevent the innocent from being convicted. Yet the system operators and precipitants are human and as such mistakes are made. This episode looks at some of those mistakes and how they were corrected or if they were corrected. Stories from history where the wrong person was arrested, and convicted for crimes. What occurred and how the mistakes came to light.
Listen to discover the results.
Episode 3-19. The newspaper man and the Klan.
Episode three nineteen.
A shade of blue story from the 1870s.
The owner and editor of the Asheville Citizen news paper assaults the court solicitor in pack square. Two shots are fired. One man arrested but both men charged. Was the assault on orders from the KKK? Was the Owner and Editor of the Asheville Citizen Newspaper controlled by the Klan? Or was he the Klan Controller?
Listen to Episode 3-19 and you decide.
Episode 3-17 - Grandmother on Death Row
The first woman in the United States to be executed after the death penalties punishment was returned in 1976. The first woman since 1962. to be executed. Another first that North Carolina can claim in this trail is the first woman to be executed by lethal injection.
Daughter, wife, mother, girlfriend, grandmother, Serial Killer. The Shade of Blue Story of Velma Barfield. Did she deserve to die? Listen and decide.
Episode 3-16 "Big" and "Little" Harpe terrorized the western frontier in the 1790s
A shade of blue story of a murder spree stretching from North Carolina, the Cumberland Gap in western Virginia to Cave-in-Rock and Potts Spring in southeastern Illinois. The spree lasted nine months. the Harps killed at least 40 men, women and children on the frontier until caught.
Micajah and Wiley Harpe –known as "Big" and "Little" Harpe spread misery and terror through the western frontier in the 1790s. They took what they wanted and recognized no law, leaving a trail of death and destruction. Not just outlaws but it seemed the Harpes had declared a war on humanity itself, killing men, women, and children indiscriminately.
"Big" and "Little" Harpe terrorized the western frontier in the 1790s. The first documented serial killers in the United States?
Listen and decide for yourself. On line 6-27-2020.
Episode 3-15- The Giggling Granny, self made widow & killer.
Nannie Doss 1950 grandmother serial killer. She killed from the 1920s to 1954. Nannie Doss was referred to as the Giggling Granny, the Lonely Hearts Killer, the Black Widow, and Lady Blue Beard.
She was not your average granny / me-maw. Listen to find out more and decide if you would go to her house for Sunday dinner.
On line June 20th, 2020.
Episode 3-14 Mass murder in Virginia 2010
Five Four Two and the Blue Podcast
on line June 13, 2020
What caused a Security Officer to commit Mass Murder?
Grief, madness, or Underlying evil some say is in every one.
Listen and decide for yourself
Episode 3-13- Triple jeopardy? Tried three time for the same murder.
1985 Fort Bragg N.C.
A Soldier tried three time for the murder of the same victim. Once found guilty, on appeal a second trial was ordered. The suspect was found not guilty and acquitted.
A third trial was held. With new information and evidence, this time he is found guilty for murdering the same victim and given the death penalty. How is this possible? The founding fathers wrote that a citizen would not be subjected to double jeopardy. But do we have that here? Or do we?
Look and listen closer to the situation and decide for yourself .
Episode 3-12-- Listen to the trees they can testify too.
A shade of blue story, for five for two and the blue on a murder investigation from the 1980's.
An interesting investigation that took several years to solve and bring to court. Interesting for its use of forensic evidence collection and the interpretation of that evidence.
And the connections to other crimes.
Episode 3-11--- 30 year old murder investigation solved by public genealogy company
A 23 year old mother’s cold case murder in Ohio has been solved with an arrest after 29 years.
The victim was raped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire on March 30, 1991. Her daughter was three at the time.
In 2020 almost 30 years after the crime, DNA collected evidence has been matched. A suspect was identified after a private Texas company uploaded crime scene DNA to a public genealogy website. Getting a partial match to a relative of the suspect.
Episode 3-10 ---The JFK Assassination and the Boone N.C. triple Murder connection.
Did a North Carolina man give President Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald a ride from Dealey Plaza to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963? Was this man connected to Dallas Police Officer Tippet’s death?
How is this man also connected to an unsolved 1972 triple homicide in Boone North Carolina?
Listen and decide if there is a real connection.
Episode 3-9 --- 1902 fratricide with an eleven year old killer.
A shade of blue story, of a Juvenile offender homicide investigation.
The idea of homicidal children is nothing new. In episode one of season two of 542 and the blue. We discussed a murder by a six year old in Kentucky.
This not a symptom of the times we live in. Juvenile killers have been with us throughout history. Are young killers the results of over exposure to
r- rated movies, the internet and video games? Or is it something else?
Listen and make up your own mind.
Episode 3 - 8 - Arrest in Cold Case slaying of teenage boy 29 years ago
Advancements in forensic technology, not available in 1991, when a 14 year old young man was found shot twice in the head. Have led to the arrest of a Restaurant Chain Company President in 2020.
Episode 3 - 7- An 80 year old open child abduction investigation
Eighty years ago, Marjorie vanished while at a Mother’s Day picnic in the forest with her family. To this day she is the subject of one of the oldest unsolved cases recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Her search was one of the largest for a child since the Lindbergh baby kidnapping six years earlier. Residents of western Pennsylvania and Marjorie’s surviving relatives still hold out hope she’s alive
Episode 3-5, Power, control and death
A shad of Blue about power, control and death. How is the birth of the first surviving set of identical quadruplets on May 23, 1946, connected to a crime spree that ended dramatically almost 40 years latter.
A story that starts 74 years ago in Milton, North Carolina that explodes in the death of 9 family members in 1985. Listen to find out how.
Episode 3-4 A view of the Asheville Police Dept from 1970 and 1983
Articles by Mr. Bob Terrell. Terrell wrote for the Asheville Citizen-Times for over fifty years. Terrell is also the author of several Police related books. A must read for history and law enforcement historians is The Will Harris Murders: November 13, 1906, a Night in Which Asheville Was a Tougher Town Than Tombstone and Dodge City Rolled into One.
The stories tell of two unusual assignments given Asheville Police Patrolmen separated by 13 years.
Episode 3-3 --- Political Prisoner or Murderer ?
The 1957 Murder of Two North Carolina Highway Patrolmen. Is the killer, Frank Wetzel a cold-blooded killer or a political prisoner?
Some say the most notorious prisoner in North Carolina history was silvery-haired, sparkly-eyed Frank Edward Wetzel, inmate No. 11021-OS, serving two consecutive life terms at the Vance Correctional Center.
The state said he’s a calculating killer who gunned down two young highway patrolmen one “sad, bad night” back in 1957.
Supporters called him a “political prisoner,” denied fair treatment and any hope of release by vote-counting officeholders.
Justice or Politics, listen and decide for yourself.
Episode 3-1 The Satanic Panic - Dungeon and Dragons and murder.
In the late 80’s a phenomenon know as the Satanic Panic characterized by a fear about the presence of Satanic ritual abuse in one's community, state or country showed up in many cities and communities.
Today's Shade of Blue is about the game that allegedly led to the Murder of a step father over a two million dollar inheritance.
Bonus 3 #3 Two N.C. Cold Cases
As time passes felonious minds have been attempting to get better at getting away with murder. According to the F B I. Uniform Crime Reports. In 2016. nearly 40 percent of murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases went uncleared,
This can cause grief for victims’ families and frustration for investigators. some of whom retire without being able to say question . Who did it in reference to a citizen’s violent demise that happened on their watch.
It seems with the popularity of true crime Television. Books. Movies. And podcasts just like this one. For the general public, unsolved deaths are a ceaseless source of mystery and fascination. Apparently its true. every one loves a mystery.
bonus -A killing among friends
Today’s shade of blue bonus story, for five for two and the blue is a bonus episode to hold over till season three starts on the third Saturday of March. Today is a brief look at an incident and court case in Madison County North Carolina. November 1962.
Episode -S2-25 Wrongfully convicted - Illegally executed by South Carolina
Paxvill south Carolina Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery
There is a large dark tomb stone to be found here. The stone reads,October twenty first 1929 - June 16 1944.
Wrongfully convicted Illegally executed by South Carolina.
A shade of blue discussion on George Stinney. Junior’s fourteen year life and why it was so short
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Episode -S2-24 Juvenile death penalties.
Juvenile death penalties. How young is two young to be executed for you crimes?
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Episode -S2-23“Five O”
Stories from a Police agency not in the Appalachian mountains yet still associated with mountains non the less.
Sharp mountains created by volcanic action much more recently than our Appalachian mountains. During a visit to the state of Hawaii. I was curious how law enforcement was done in paradise and looked for some Hawaii shade of blue stories.
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Episode -S2-22 The Atlanta Ripper of 1911
Most know of Jack the Ripper of London, Son of Sam, and Ted Bundy.
But many are not aware of the terror of the so called “Atlanta Ripper” who started his notoriety in 1911 in the City of Atlanta.
Seventy years later, the notion of a serial killer once again captured the city's imagination, when more than 20 young African American males were found murdered. Wayne Williams is now serving a life sentence after being convicted for two of the murders. His conviction came in an Atlanta that had changed drastically since the Ripper murders of 1911 and 1912. Although even today, 20 years after Williams' conviction, some doubts linger that he was the true serial killer or one of several killers.
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Episode -S2-21- Violence and school shootings
Violence and shootings at schools is not a new phonomina. The incidents in American go back to the 1800s. An issue that should concern us greatly is that 70% of the perpetrators of school shootings were under the age of 18, with the median age of 16.
Five four two and the Blue Episode S-2-21 is a discussion of some of the School Shooting Encounters and the results of these incidents.
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ON line 1-11-2020
Episode -S2 - 20 A look at the first court cases in Buncombe County North Carolina.
A Shade of Blue look at the first court cases in Buncombe County North Carolina. The crimes and the punishments. The results of trials and how they affected others.
Episode -S2 18 Shootout at the Ironton jail
Pulp detective magazines and the stories they have run have documented incidents in the Appalachian Mountains going back to the 40’s . True Detective Mysteries in the article The shootout at the Ironton jail. Wrote about the former World war II Veteran who became Chief of police of his home town. He survived the battle of Iwo Jima and other island hopping battles in the Pacific. To loose his life protecting his town. Reviewing court records, newspapers and family interviews tells more of this Shade of Blue Story.
Episode S2- 18. The Thorny Rose- Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch connection to Tnn.
Laura Bullion was a member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. At 15 she was romantically involved with the outlaw Ben Kilpatrick ("The Tall Texan"), bank and train robber. Nicknamed "The Thorny Rose". Her story started in the Wild West and ends as one of our Shade of Blue stories in Appalachia.
Episode S 2-17 Repeat offenders and killers.
This Shade of Blue Story, for Five Four Two and the Blue, starts in Asheville North Carolina in the mid 1970s. Two Asheville Police officers on patrol locate a body in the snow. Addiction, Murder, and more drugs. It ends years later in Virginia Beach Virginia. A second shade of Blue, tells the story of a repeat offender from 1910. A murder that impacts on the Gov. of North Carolina, but also ends in Virginia. A demonstration of how things can be connected through time.
Episode S 2-16, The Unitarian Universalist Church Shooting at youth play
Sometimes when a major crime occurs its not a who done it situation. At times offenders get caught or stopped in the act. There are also times when the suspect admits to the crime, tells you why they did it and how. This does not make investigations any easier. Leads still have to be followed. Such is the case of the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church Shooting at a youth production of Annie.
Who did it and why? Listen to learn. Online 12-7-19 @ 7pm
Episode S 2-15, Outlaw Whiskey
Moonshine, "clear, un-aged whiskey”. The Devils Drink? At one time used as currency, taxed, protested about, the cause of rebellions, fought for and murdered because of. Did Moonshine once come to the rescue of the Asheville Police Department? Listen and decide. Five Four Two and the Blue looks at the history and stories of “That Good Ole Mountain Dew. With music by Outlaw Whiskey and there new single Outlaw Whiskey and Guns.
On line 11-30-1 @ 7pm
Episode S 2-14, A 1982 medieval murder with Satanic connections in Kentucky
The day after Halloween, 1982. Twenty-two-year-old Carol Frances Mudd went to work at the Stone Castle Museum in Bardstown, Kentucky. A Small museum of miniature toy soldiers, antique weapons and related retail items. Nothing unusual at all about her work day, but her work day came to a tragic end before it started. At the end at the point of a broad sword.
Episode S2- 13. The Civilian and War Crimes of Champ Ferguson
Thought of by many as a criminal before the civil war he was best know as a notorious Confederate guerrilla leader.
Accused of many cold-blooded murderers and war crimes, he was thought of as a thief, robber, boot legger, con man and counterfeiter before the Civil War begun.
He personally claimed to have killed over 100 Union soldiers and pro-Union civilians during the war. Champ Ferguson is one of only two men to be tried, and convicted, for war crimes during the United States Civil War
Episode S2- 12 The Bunch Gang and the murder of Sheriff Lewis Bratch (L.B.) Hutcheson.
A shade of blue story about Sheriff Lewis Bratch (L.B.) Hutcheson. Of Union Co. Tenn. His death in 1935 at the hands of a far reaching criminal gang and how his wife carried on after his death. Many have heard of the Dalton Gang. The James brothers, the Wild bunch and Bonnie and Clyde but few recall the notorious Bunch gang of Tennessee, and the crimes of robbery and violence they committed during the 1930’s in the Appalachian mountains.
Episode s2-11- Tragic 911 call and the Story of Lucky Joe. A two part Episode.
A 911 call starts a shade of blue story. A young man calls for help because of his actions. County First responders in the small town of Pilot North Carolina arrived to a shocking, almost unbelievable crime scene. What did the Deputy see and do, and what was the outcome of this sad and tragic incident. Listen to the episode to learn. Part two. Luck Joe. Just how man lives did lucky Joe have ? And how did he use them to get what he wanted?
Episode S2-10- The worst woman on Earth?
When Lizzie Halliday died in 1918, the New York Times called her “the worst woman on Earth.”
That pretty harsh you have to admit. True or not that's kind of up to personal opinion. Listen to Lizzie’s story and decide for your self. Was she the worst woman on the planet. Perhaps you have your own nomination.
Episode s2-9- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Phantom of 1953.
On the night of July 25. Lester Woodward, a 30 year old freight driver did what freight drivers have been doing for 1000s of years. He got tired and pulled his vehicle over to get some sleep. Hauling freight is an old profession. The methods of doing it have evolved but its still a matter of moving goods from one place to another.
Lester had no reason to think it would be a problem, he had been doing it for years. Unfortunately Lester never woke up. He was shot once. With .32 caliber pistol. The bullet going straight into his brain. This was the first attack of the murder named the Turnpike Phantom. There would be more death and violence before the Phantom was identified and stopped. Could this happen again or has it already? Listen and decide for your self.
On line and free to listen to. Published 10-19-19 at 7:00 pm
Episode s2-8- 100 sticks of Dynamite and the murder of 3 little girls. 1937
A mother readies her three daughters for bed, but feels something is not right. Its an ominous feeling of protection, A feeling that something was wrong. She tries to purposefully keep the girls up later than normal because of those feelings. Once the children couldn’t stay awake any longer, they all go to bed. She spends the rest of the restless night tossing and turning.
Just after 3:00 in the morning, shes awoken to an unimaginable roar. She fights back the blackness long enough to hear one of her daughter’s scream and see plaster and dust falling. She blacks out as her home implodes around her.
At first its thought of as a tragic accident. Then a famous arson investigator from the 1930s is given the responsibility by the Governor of Tnn to solve the mystery but only 48 hours to do it.
What did he discover and why? Listen to the Podcast to find out. A story from the “good old days” that's shocking enough to be from today news media.
On line and free to listen to. Published 10-12-2019 at 7:00 pm
Episode S2-7- A 15 day snow storm, domestic violence, & national attention to a small town in Mtns. of N.C.
A fifteen-day severe weather snow storm struck the east coast in1881. It became the prequel to a fatal domestic violence incident in McDowell Co. North Carolina. The resulting murder gained national attention and was highlighted in the nationally published magazine the POLICE GAZETTE. The media documentation quite different than the official records. Part two is another domestic incident but from a different direction. Yet just as unfortunate.
On line on 10-05-19 at 7:00 PM
Episode S2-6- The Doctor did it.
The Shade of Blue Story of the Doctor from New Jersey charged with a federal mail robbery in Asheville NC. His luck to escape justice lasted many years but Karma finally caught up with the “Good Doctor”. The story of his luck and how he almost fooled the FBI, and why he is still referenced in the FBI academy for his surgical skills.
Episode S2- 5- A murder solved but still not closed. 1936
In the 1930’s, a senseless homicide took place on the campus of Berea College, A school known as an institution of higher learning and its advocacy of the work ethic. Providing educational opportunities for the young people of Appalachia. A murder from the 1930s that you would not be surprised to see on today's evening news. And you might have. A 1936 murder, solved but still not closed.
Episode Bonus # 3- Police Chiefs coming and going.
Chiefs and heads of law enforcement have been resigning for as long as there has been law enforcement.
Is recent coverage in the media different than any other time. Is there more to the story. Listen and decide for your self.
Episode S2- 4- The Buncombe County Smith Cold Case
Scheduled for September 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM
1997, A man and his son are looking for deer tracks in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. Instead of deer sign they came across human bones, clothing, and other items scattered in the woods near a primitive campsite.
The remains, were centered around a shallow grave. The grave of a murdered woman. Investigation found the body to be of a Pennsylvania missing person, Judy Smith. Today the murder investigation has never been solved. Was the killing the act of a serial killer or is the answer more simple. Listen and make your own decision.
Episode S2-3- The Murder of 3 year old Lillian Patrick
Three year old Lillian Patrick's step father John Gibson, lived with his eighteen-year-old wife; her three-year old daughter from a previous marriage Lillian. Gibson's 16 year old brother Henry .
In late November 1900, an anonymous person informed the city health Inspector-Doctor that the Gibson stepdaughter was suffering from smallpox. When the Dr. went to the Gibson house to investigate, he found the three year old dying, but not of smallpox. Instead of a contagious disease a fatal case of sever child abuse was located. This Shade of blue is about the investigation, manhunt and trial of a child killer.
Episode to air Saturday 9-24-19 at 7:00 pm
Episode s2-2- 160 years ago a Congressman shot & killed the son of Francis Scott Key near the white house and witnesses
In April of 1859, New York Congressman Daniel Sickles became the first person in history to ever be acquitted of a crime due to temporary insanity.
The crime in this case was the murder of Philip Barton Key II, the son of Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.
Sickles approached Key in DC’s Lafayette Square — a short distance from the White House –and shot him in the groin.
“You villain, you have dishonored my house, and you must die!” Sickles reportedly said.
He shot Key again in the chest and would have shot him directly in the head had the gun not misfired.
On line 8-13-2019 at 7:00 pm
Episode S2-1- What do you do with a Six year old Murder?
1929 A few Months before stock market crash and the time in our history know as the Great Depression. In the steep hills of eastern Kentucky on May 18, two young boys got into a argument over the ownership of a simple piece of scrap Iron.
Usually the two got along well and would play together. Losing the fight over the hunk of iron the younger of the two went home, located a firearm and purposely shot his friend. The incident and court case gained nationwide attention. It all came down to one question.
What do you do with a Six year old Murder?
To be aired Aug. 24, 2019 7:00 pm
Episode Bonus - 2- More Appalachian trail murder mysteries.
Schedule for 8/17/19 at 7:00 PM
A Bonus edition of Five Four Two and the Blue
More Appalachian trail murder mysteries. As Scott related in podcast Episode eight . Murder and attempted Murder on the Appalachian Trail.
The Trail is mostly a quiet, serene, and blissful place. Many go there to escape the pressure of modern urban society.
A devise collection of people can be found hiking on the trail. But like the society that many hike get away from. There are still individuals with evil intents.
Episode Bonus - 1- A Serial killer and murdering politicians
Political corruption is a common thread that runs throughout the history of mankind. As is just regular old fashioned murder. It runs from the jaw bone of an ass to the voting both. We look at Serial Killer Little and the murdering Lt. Governor who killed a rival in broad daylight on the street in front of a police officer. Find out what happened and what is still happening in this Shade of Blue Podcast.
on line 8-10-2019 8:00 pm
The California Cold case that ended in a small town in Western North Carolina. Part 2: Moonshine!
Today’s shade of blue story, is a 1985 story that starts all the way across the country to the west coast. The land of make be-leave and stories. But the story begins its ending here, in the mountains of Appalachia. If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s the victim’s name might not be familiar, but his large body of work will be. His work in the TV industry influenced many.
Part two: A quick look at part of the Moonshine business in the Appalachian Mountains.
Episode -24- Jane Doe of the Mountain. Identification of a 50 year old cold case murder Victim.
Jane Doe of the Mountain. If you took a short walk through a wooded area on a hill overlooking the city of Harlan Kentucky in the 1970s or 80s you would find a grave marker that simply said, “Unidentified Girl Burial, June 5th, 1969”. This was the resting place of Jane Doe of the Mountain. Found murdered on a mountain in Kentucky. For almost 50 years her identity remained a mystery. This shade of blue discuses how that changed
Episode-23- The Ballad of Poor Ellen Smith and the truth behind the song.
This episode starts with The Ballad of Poor Ellen Smith. The morning of July 21, 1892, the body of Ellen Smith was found behind the Zinzendorf Hotel in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Shot through the heart. The story of Ellen Smith’s murder is a classic tale of seduction and betrayal. A beautiful but innocent young woman strays from the path of righteousness for a faithless shifty older lover who becomes her killer. It is the stuff of many Victorian cautionary tales and mountain murder ballads.
On line 07-20-2019 @7:00 pm
Episode -22- The 1970s Virginia Bunny man mystery and Investigation.
Who was the Virginia Bunny man? Ghost? Specter from the past? A crazed ax welding man in a rabbit costume?. Perhaps a simply misunderstood guy who liked to dress up as a Bunny. If so why the ax?
Find out the reality of the 1970’s story of the Virginia Bunny Man and the police investigation into his existence.
Episode -21-The story of Namoni Wise. Was Bob Dylan and Doc Watson correct in telling the story?
A shade of blue that starts with a sound clip by Doc Watson. A recorded Ballad of the story of Namoni Wise. Down loaded from Smithsonian Folkways. The nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Naomi Wise was said to be an extraordinarily beautiful, young teen age orphan indentured as servant to a farming family in North Carolina.
She was found strangled and drowned in the Deep River. Pregnant with child. Who killed Namoni Wise? The young North Carolina lady written about in novels and sung about in ballads by Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, Newtown, Vernon Dalhart and others. What is the truth about the young orphan and how she died. Listen to make your own decision.
Youtube video of one of the song by NEWTOWN
Episode -20- The Right Rev. George Washington Carawan and the school teacher Charles Lassiter. 1852.
Though a preacher of the gospel, The Reverend George Washington Carawan, was a prominent and powerful North Carolina Baptist minister. A man of violent temper and strong animal passions, more likely to inspire terror than piety in the community and those around him.
The sorrows he begat in his relationships would follow him to the courtroom for a final tragic act in Carawan’s play of tragedy, life and death.
Dump choices? Thinking himself smarter than every one else? Or did his luck run out? Perhaps. several issues came together to solve the problem of The prominent and powerful Reverend George Washington Carawan.
A cold 1904 January in Mitchel County North Carolina, the body of a young man is found lying near the railroad tracks. Lying face first in or near a small creek, The young man shot three times in the head and five in the back.
The county Coroner was summed and an inquest held. In 1900’s North Carolina many times the initial investigation of a death or homicide was completed by a coroner's jury. They would make the initial determination of foul play. If so the case would be sent to law-enforcement and the court system.
The murder of 19 year old Mr. Shell from Tennessee with 124 dollars gold in just paid wages in his pocket, would turn into a shade of blue involving attempted jail breaks, planed lynchings and the Sheriff under cover of darkness removing the suspect from the county for safe keeping. Murder or self defense? Were the jail breaks and escapes necessary to protect an innocent man? Was justice found at the end of the story? Listen and decide for yourself.
Episode-18- Why did the Deputy shoot Tom Mashburn? & Who killed the father of NC Ginseng Trade
The song says Someone may have shot the sheriff and claims they did not shoot the deputy, but we do know for sure that the Deputy shot Tom Mashburn.
Part 2- Is it true that the murder will return to the scene of the crime? The fact is sometimes he does. How this and 1800 CSI work solved the killing of Captain Garrett the man known as the father of the North Carolina Ginseng Business.
Listen to Episode -18- to find out.
Episode- 17- A 1960s unusual disappearance and missing person case with connections to Western N.C.
A new shade of blue looking at an unusual disappearance and missing person investigation. In the mid 1960’s Mary Little was a Bank secretary in Atlanta, Georgia, she disappeared from the parking lot of Lenox Square Mall shopping one night.
Unusual evidence is uncovered in the investigation including connections to the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.
A second missing young lady over a year latter from the same bank with similar connections to Mary Little, fails to show up for work one morning. Her body is discovered in the trunk of her car abandoned in a joining town. Are the investigations still on going? Are they connected? Listen to decide for yourself.
The Murder of W. W. “Bill” Ormond by Mr. William Bonaparte Cole.
Episode - 16- Part 2.
Part two of the Murder of W. W. “Bill” Ormond by Mr. William Bonaparte Cole.
W. “Bill” Ormond, a veteran of the trench warfare of World War One was a young man returning home from war. He becomes romantically involved with Influential Mill owner, Mr. William Cole’s daughter. An excepted relationship, until the Young Miss Cole turns her attentions in another direction. This sets former suitor against father in a name calling and threatening confrontation that does not end well for Mr. Ormond.
Follow up to Episode - 15- Part 1- Scheduled for the next day, June 02, 2019 at 7:00 AM.
The Murder of “Bill” Ormond. At the 1925 murder trial the Idea of "The unwritten law" is also put on trial. The increasingly more common acquittal concept coming from juries, that, “some times a guy just needs to get shot”. Right or wrong? Was Fair and proper justice seen in this case? Or is this one of the first so called battles between the 1 percent and the 99 percent spoken of in today's media? Listen for your self and decide.
Five Four Two and the Blue Podcast. Real shades of blue from our past that shapes our today.
Episode -15 The 1925 Murder of W. W. “Bill” Ormond by Mr. William Bonaparte Cole.
Part one. Saturday June 1st at 7:00 pm.
William Bonaparte Cole started in N.C. textiles at the age of fifteen as a mill bookkeeper in Rockingham, NC. Cole was able to advance himself to becoming a powerful Mill Owner, Businessman and resident of Rockingham North Carolina.
W. “Bill” Ormond, a veteran of the trench warfare of World War One was a young man returning home from war. He becomes romantically involved with William Cole’s daughter. An excepted relationship, until the Young Miss Cole turns her attentions in another direction. This sets former suitor against father in a name calling and threatening confrontation that does not end well for Mr. Ormond.
Scheduled for the next day, June 02, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Episode 16, Part two.
The Murder of “Bill” Ormond. At the 1925 court case the Idea of "The unwritten law" is also put on trail. The increasingly more common acquittal concept coming from juries, that, “some times a guy just needs to get shot”. Right or wrong? Was Fair and proper justice seen in this case? Or is this one of the first so called battles between the 1 percent and the 99 percent spoken of in today's media? Listen for your self and decide.
Five Four Two and the Blue Podcast. Real shades of blue from our past that shapes our todays.
Crime and punishment in the Appalachian Mountains.
On Oct. 2, 1905, A man was hung at Marshall NC the County seat of Madison County. Most of us history nuts in the Western NC area are familiar with the Hanging of Peter Smith.
Growing up in Madison Co. I had heard the stories and have seen the photographs of Smith standing on the gallows in Marshall out side of the Jail in 1905.
The concussions over the years I was told was that Smith did not commit the crimes he had been accused of. A murder of a young girl then several years later a rape of another young girl. I had been told many times that he had been framed for the assault.
Reviewing the media of 1900's, copies of the court testimony, the findings of the NC Supreme Court and the Governors Office. Listen for yourself. Did he or didn't he? Did North Carolina hang an innocent man?
Five Four Two and the Blue episode - 13 – 1901 murder of a sleeping family.
On the night of September 21st, 1909, a knock on a cabin door and a neighborly welcome turned to murder. The family knew the visitor and quite naturally opened their home to him. By nine o’clock, all six family members were asleep. Using a pistol, a knife, and a hatchet the visitor is said to have slain the entire family, then set the cabin on fire and left.
Bungled petty theft and non-premeditated murder. Or a planed ruthless killing of an entire family over money.
Episode -12- Big Al Capone in the Appalachians
Big Al in the Appalachians.
Did the famous gangster "Scarface" Al Capone keep an apartment and hide out in Johnson City Tnn?
And was the Mob involved with the death of a whole family in N.C. on Christmas Day, all because of something the father saw in Johnson City?
Episode -11 The Murder of 17 year old Muriel Baldridge in 1947
The Podcast starts with a brief musical ballad telling the story of a tragic event from the Appalachian Mountains. The Ballad written in 1949, the recording made in 1977.
The Ballad tell the story of the tragic Murder of Muriel Baldridge, the 17-year old high school cheerleader who was found beaten to death under a bridge the morning of June 28, 1949 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
The Murder after a decades of investigation by local, state and federal investigators follows a strange path of confessions, retracted confessions and finally a sensational trial with a controversial verdict.
To this day the case remains unsolved and thought of as one very confusing investigation and legal case in Eastern Kentucky if not the South.
Five Four Two and the Blue episode - 10 -gambling in the Mountains
Scheduled for April 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Illegal gambling in the Mountains. Cases from 1901, 1955 and 1977.A look at the differences of how the Evil of Gambling and "Gambling Dens" was handled.
In 1901 the NC state Legislature passed a new Anti-Gambling Law. The previsions of the new law were put into strict force in several cities The Law was especially strict on Gambling in Barrooms, Hotels and private clubs. The if enforced, was thought would put an end to gambling in North Carolina.
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Episode - 9. Witchcraft Trials in Tenn,, Ghostly evidence and Court testimony in West Virginia
Episode 9. Three Shades of Blue stories, for Five Four Two and the Blue.
Three stories of Law enforcement, and the court system.
Two Witchcraft Trials in Tenn.
A Shade of Blue story of, Ghostly evidence and Court testimony in West Virginia.
Episode -8- Murder and attempted Murder on the Appalachian Trail
The shade of blue in this podcast on five for two and the blue. Puts us in the great outdoors along the Appalachian Trail.
For those of you who don’t know The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Maine. The trail is about 2,160 miles long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The Appalachian Trail is thought of as the longest marked hiking-only trail in the world. More than 2 million people hike on part of the trail at least once each year.
Laura Susan Ramsay and Robert Mountford Jr, in 1981 were hiking on part of the AT where it passes through Virginia. The two 27 year olds were vacationing social workers from the state of Maine.
While Hiking they met a man named Randall Smith. The two social workers observed how Smith appeared troubled and socially uncomfortable and naturally because of there calling in life, wanted to help him and tried to draw him out socially. This friendly act would be the mistake of there life.
Episode -7 The Ghost Town incident of 1992
In this shades of blue story for Five Four Two and the Blue, it does not start in the mountains of Western North Carolina but the start of the ending does.
It’s a story of the capture of a real bad guy, James Neil Tucker. Our story begins in a make believe world of a Wild West theme park. Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
In 1992, A Private Security officer working for the Park, found James Tucker hiding under a bus after the Ghost Town amusement park closed for the night, he didn't know at the time, but Tucker was a wanted man.
Maggie Valley Police Chief Saralyn Carver, responded to the call to investigate the trespassing incident. A normal radio check on the identity of the trespasser set in motion a deadly confrontation and several court trials to bring the want a be desperado to justice.
Episode -6 The Miller Manhunt
Many in the Appalachian Mountains are familiar with the murder and killing rampage that occurred in 1906 Asheville North Carolina. The Gunman, Will Harris’s manhunt and killing related to his shooting of several individuals both white and African American.
Even today you can see the scars his stray bullets had made on the Vance Monument downtown, Asheville tour guides will point out the marks and tell how the story is famous, particularly in part to the Thomas Wolfe’s story, “The Child by Tiger.” Wolf was about 6 years old when the Harris incident and manhunt occurred. It seems to have made a strong impression on him.
There was a similar incident that had happened in Morganton, N.C. in 1927.
The news papers of the day wrote of the Story of Broadus Miller with headlines such as “The Largest Manhunt in Western North Carolina History”. In reality, it may possibly still be.
Shortly before midnight Tuesday November 10, 1964, masks, guns and other disguises were collected by four young men. The burglary and robbery tools placed in a burlap bag, hidden under the hood of a pick-up truck just in case they were stopped by police at some point.
The robbery team consisting of a 23, 27, 19, and a 16 year old, drove to the farm of Charlie Lunsford. The four men drove around the area several times to make sure police were not in the area. 16 year old Arrlie Fox had worked for Lunsford the previous day. He discovered the farmer had a large amount of cash as he made change for customers. The four planed a simple robbery to make some quick cash. What would be called today a "Home Invasion" turned deadly.
The story starts, and before it ends multiple trials, a deadly prison riot, a prison escape, the Governor of NC. and another murder are involved.
Episode- 4- Five dead in ten Minutes, Asheville NC 1906
A discussion about the Asheville North Carolina of 1906. The 5 homicides that occurred in a 10 minute span rampage, the investigation and man hunt reported as far away as New York City .
The murder Will Harris is quoted as saying before shot by an avenging public.
"I come from hell,…. from Charlotte, …...from state prison ...and from the chain gang," "And I'm surely going back to hell, ….sooner rather than later."
Will Harris arrived in Asheville by train on Nov. 12, 1906. His reputation preceding him. In his late 20’s he had a known criminal record that cast a long shadow of theft, robbery, assault and prison escapes. In a 10 minute spree Harris killed 5 men including two police officers. Resulting Harris being deemed an Out Law and started a man hunt for the killer with the community looking to shoot on sight.
Back ground theme "Mystery Sax" by Kevin MacLeod…. incompetech.Com. Licensed under Creative Commons. By Attribution 3.0 License w.w.w.creativecommons.org/licenses.by 3.0
Episode- 3- Montford Avenue Murder / The Trial
On the morning of May 10- 1927, a maid walking to work discovered the body of a women in a ravine on Montford Avenue. This begun one of the most sensational crimes, investigations and trials in that time period.
The Investigation and trial had impact through out Buncombe County and the City of Asheville at that time.
Allegations of a cover-up, involvement of the Klu Klux Klan and miss-handled evidence was the talk of the time. A reorganization of the Asheville Police Department and the firing of 13 Officers.
Episode 2 Asheville N.C. Montford Ave. Murder.
On the morning of May 10- 1927, a maid walking to work discovered the body of a women in a ravine on Montford Avenue. This begun one of the most sensational crimes, investigations and trials in that time period. The infamous case was followed by 1000 in the media of the day. The court house from the trial of the accused, the crime scene and other locations related to the investigation were visited and tramped through by 100 of curious individuals.
Almost all Buncombe co and Asheville city officials became involved in some way. Partly because of the investigation and some of the issues involved resulted in the Asheville Police Department being reorganized. Weeks after the investigation was started and after the grand jury issued indictments 13 men lost their jobs with the Police department.
Also involved, in the Trial and investigation, a Confederate Civil War Veteran, a future US Senator and a world-famous folk singer and musician.
The five four two and the Blue Podcast. .. Discussions of law enforcement history. issues and incidents in the Appalachian Mountains. Hosted by Scott Lunsford, retired police detective sergeant. Author and researcher.
Some quick local history to gain some perspective of the area.
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