By Manly Wade Wellman
The plaintive heritage and premature demise of Naomi clever -- "poor 'Omi" they referred to as her in Randolph County over 5 generations in the past -- strikingly opposite numbers Dreiser's An American Tragedy; Ida Bell Warren, the veritable woman Macbeth of Forsyth County; the arsenic poisoner of outdated Fayetteville; the abduction of Kenneth Beasley close to the positioning of the misplaced Colony; the just about ideal crime, the homicide of the hated Reconstruction Senator "Chicken" Stephens of Caswell County, which regardless of the efforts of Claude G. Bowers and others went unsolved for years; the mad jealousy of Frankie Silver of Burke County which ended with sour justice on the finish of the law's noosed rope, the 1st girl hanged within the country -- those and different vigorous tales of recognized North Carolina murders make interesting reading.
The tales, informed with authority and alluring informality, hire fabric from newspapers, courtroom files, letters, kin collections, and diverse works of neighborhood heritage. They evoke a sense for a previous time and position in addition to for the untidy occasions themselves.
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Dead and Gone: Classic Crimes of North Carolina by Manly Wade Wellman