By Manly Wade Wellman
The plaintive background and premature dying of Naomi clever -- "poor 'Omi" they known 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Dreiser's An American Tragedy; Ida Bell Warren, the veritable woman Macbeth of Forsyth County; the arsenic poisoner of outdated Fayetteville; the abduction of Kenneth Beasley close to the positioning of the misplaced Colony; the virtually ideal crime, the homicide of the hated Reconstruction Senator "Chicken" Stephens of Caswell County, which inspite 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 lady hanged within the kingdom -- those and different full of life tales of well-known North Carolina murders make attention-grabbing reading.
The tales, informed with authority and welcoming informality, hire fabric from newspapers, courtroom documents, letters, family members collections, and diverse works of neighborhood heritage. They evoke a sense for a earlier time and position in addition to for the untidy occasions themselves.
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