Moonshine Murder by Erin S. Gray

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Erin S. Gray
Treble Heart Books
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"FAMED FOR MURDERS, WICKEDEST COUNTY IN UNITED STATES IS IN NORTH CAROLINA WHERE SHOOTINGS ARE THE RECREATION OF ITS DESPERATE INHABITANTS… No other county in any state or territory of the union has been the scene of more murders and homicides than Mitchell County in the remote western part of North Carolina adjoining the Tennessee line. Most of the men served in the union army and between them and the ex-confederates, the county is also full of moonshiners, and they fight anybody and anything that interfere with their distillation of blockade whiskey…" -Kansas Agitator, Kansas (1900) There was a time in the Blue Ridge Mountains when scores had to be settled, when fear was replaced with resolve, and death was imminent. Around the turn of the 19th century, mob lynching, gunfights, and the sale of blockade whiskey made Mitchell County, North Carolina the most dangerous place in the country. In his new book, Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers: The Wildest County in America, local author Allen Cook takes the reader back to a time when "hip pockets were used for pistols and the inhabitants knew how to use them." “Mitchell is one of the far western counties, where blood runs fast and hot, where hip pockets are made for pistols, and the inhabitants know how to use them.” (From article entitled, “Mr. Pritchard.”) -Daily Ardmoreite, Oklahoma (1904) Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers recounts a time around the turn of the 19th century when moonshiners and desperadoes faced off against the law in epic battles that made national headlines. The book focuses on events from an area in western North Carolina that held the reputation as the wildest county in America. Through a masterful blend of entertaining stories supported by historical documentation, the reader is given an exciting account of true events. Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers also provides readers with historical and genealogical reference points. The names of real people are used throughout the book. An index of names is provided for ancestry research. Old newspaper and court documents are quoted on numerous occasions and provide a solid historical reference point to the accounts. The book is written in a format to both entertain and inform. Entertaining and exciting stories are followed by a chapter documenting historically accurate research. This format takes the reader back in time through vivid short stories and allows one to make their own opinion of the events based on the facts. Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers: The Wildest County in America will prove to be a fun and informative read. Stories Include: The Mob Lynching of Holland English and Murder of Ellen Carroll; The Buladean Ballot Brawl of 1892; Gunfight at Avery Parker Store; Monroe Garland-Desperado; Aaron Wiseman, Moonshiner and Gun for Hire; The Devil's Den-Story of Outlaw Bill Honeycutt, The Blind Tiger-William Harrell's Battle with a Revenuer; and the Bakersville Riot. If you love sensational stories with an old-time mountain flavor, then you are going to enjoy Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers: The Wildest County in America! “Bakersville is the county seat of Mitchell County, one of the wildest districts in all this southern section of mountainous country. It is there that the illicit distiller of mountain dew has plied his vocation for years and defied all law.” (From article entitled, “Killed in a Mob Battle.”) -The Sun, New York (1893) Read the headlines and recount the stories from the "Wildest County in America."


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