This is the true story of Charles Davis Lawson and the crimes he committed on Christmas Day, 1919. In addition, it is the story of his brother, Marion Fletcher Lawson, Marion's daughter, Stella, and many of Charlie Lawson's other family members and neigh
On Christmas Day, 1929, a mysterious mass murder was carried out in the snowy foothills of N.C. by a church-going tobacco farmer. Charlie Lawson brutally gunned down his wife & 6 children age 4 mo. to 17 years, bludgeoned them, then placed their heads on pillows before taking his own life. There seemed no motive, only two unfinished notes & many unanswered questions. Why was one son spared? Why did the clock stop, precisely recording the time? Why no Christmas gifts in the home? Did Lawson simply go insane? The bloody crime scene became one of the most popular attractions of the Depression era southeast, attracting thousands--the story became legend. After 60 years, the mystery had survived all attempts to explain it. Now, an elderly niece of the murderer has revealed the well-kept secret. More than just a true crime, this is a historic, once-in-a-lifetime story of murder, premonitions, & scandal. A rare opportunity to see a famous mysterious murder explained. Finally, the tombstone's prophecy has been fulfilled..."We have read the meaning of our tears, & now we understand." 10,000 copies already sold.
Actors of colour need the best speeches to demonstrate their skills and hone their craft. Roberta Uno has carefully selected monologues that represent African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian-American identities. Each monologue comes with an introduction and notes on the characters and stage directions to set the scene for the actor. This new edition now includes more of the most exciting and accomplished playwrights to have emerged over the 15 years since the Monologues for Actors of Color books were first published, from new, cutting edge talent to Pulitzer winners.
In this unique look at historic crimes of the Piedmont, Frances Casstevens offers readers a glimpse into the criminal mind and the consequences of criminal actions. No matter what piques your interest - be it Civil War stories or young love torn apart by tragedy - Casstevens provides sure-fire ammunition to keep the pages turning. Discover the true-life tales of the outlaw Jesse Dobbins, or of Daisy Hunt, a pregnant twenty-year-old who watches helplessly as her beloved bleeds to death in the snow. Read the story of the infamous Charles Lawson, a man who did the unthinkable - kill himself, his wife and his six children on Christmas Day, 1929. These are but a few examples of the featured tragedies that have shocked the North Carolina Piedmont in the last 150 years. Frances Casstevens, historian, genealogist, and former professor at Wake Forest University, delivers facts in a spellbinding manner. Death in North Carolina's Piedmont: Tales of Murder, Suicide and Causes Unknown meticulously presents the details of each case and leaves it to you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions.
Unprepared To Die
Author: Paul Slade
Publisher: Soundcheck Books
The Gory Stories Behind The Murder Ballads Cheerfully vulgar, revelling in gore, and always with an eye on the main chance, murder ballads are tabloid newspapers set to music, carrying word of the latest ‘orrible murders to an insatiable public. Victims are bludgeoned, stabbed or shot in every verse and killers often hanged, but the songs themselves never die. Instead, they mutate – morphing to suit local place names as they criss cross the Atlantic and continue to fascinate each generation’s biggest musical stars. Paul Slade traces this fascinating genre’s history through eight of its greatest songs. Stagger Lee’s “biographers” alone include Duke Ellington, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Dr John, The Clash and Nick Cave. No two tell his story in quite the same way. Covering eight classic murder ballads, including “Knoxville Girl”, “Tom Dooley” and “Frankie & Johnny”, Slade investigates the real-life murder which inspired each song and traces its musical development down the decades. Billy Bragg, The Bad Seeds’ Mick Harvey, Laura Cantrell, Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family and a host of other leading musicians add their own insights.
Murder Without Motive
Author: Martin Mckenzie-Murray
In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly rearrange the life of the victim's family. It would also involve the author's family, because his brother knew the man charged with the murder. For years, the two had circled each other suspiciously, in a world of violence, drugs, and rotten aspirations. A Murder Without Motiveis a police procedural, a meditation on suffering, and an exploration of how the different parts of the justice system make sense of the senseless. It is also a unique memoir: a mapping of the suburbs that the author grew up in, and a revelation of the dangerous underbelly of adolescent ennui.
They Do It With Mirrors
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
In Agatha Christie’s They Do It with Mirrors, the indomitable Miss Marple investigates some rather deadly doings at a rehabilitation center for delinquents. Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in Stoneygates, a rehabilitation center for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when someone shoots at the administrator. Although he is not injured, a mysterious visitor is less fortunate—shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building. Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and must use all her cunning to solve the riddle of the stranger’s visit … and his murder.
Murder in the Family
Author: Burl Barer
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Describes the brutal sexual assault and murders of Nancy Newman and her two young daughters in Anchorage, Alaska, the investigation into the vicious crime, and the arrest, trial, and conviction of Kirby Anthoney, a troubled twenty-three-year-old drifter and nephew of Nancy's husband. Reissue.
A Child in the Midst
Author: Stella Lawson Boles
This book is a match to The Meaning of Our Tears. It is manufactured in the same quality leather-like material with gold imprint on cover and spine. It will be considered a collectible edition.
A Bat in the Belfry
Author: B. A. Ellis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Nearly 100 years before the Boston Strangler - over a decade before England's Jack the Ripper - the world was gripped by news of the Boston Belfry Murderer. The citizens of Boston were under a siege of arsons, assaults, rapes, and murders. During the Great Conflagration of 1872, thirty people lost their lives - while sixty acres of the city were completely destroyed. Over the next few years, a series of crimes would terrorize the city and captivate the world. Witness the story unfold, as told by the actual participants, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.
A little over twenty years ago the world was shocked and numbed when it learned that two ten-year-old boys had deliberately lured, tortured and murdered two-year-old James Bulger. How could this happen, the world wondered.The reality is that this was nothing new. Throughout history there have been no shortage of cases where kids have deliberately and calculatingly killed kids.Deadly Games provides a detailed look at some of the most murderous children who have ever lived, spanning throughout time and across nations. Some have killed for retribution, others simply for the thrill.The shocking and unfathomable crimes committed by young children will leave you questioning what children are actually capable of, and whether society is appropriately dealing with this ongoing horror.More than 40 strong true crime stories, mainly modern day but some reaching back as far as the 18th century.Children killing children is a controversial topic, but there is a plethora of cases where kids have deliberately killed other children for mere pleasure and experience.Inspired by the killing of young English boy Jamie Bulger, Deadly Games features stories from across the globe and including a section on American school massacres and five horrifying Australian cases.
This book is a product of many years of painstaking examination conducted on the lifestyle of a revered personality, a pragmatic leader and prosperity exponent, Dr. David Olaniyi Oyedepo. Easy-to-read, uniquely captivating, "Leadership Secrets of David O. Oyedepo" is an all revealing classic on the exemplary leadership secrets of one of the most influential preachers in the world! David Oyedepo's single-mindedness has helped generate a progressive growth of a multi-faceted organization, propelling him to become a global phenomenon under a peculiar African economic climate characterized by high degree of uncertainties. This book is packaged to arouse and enhance your leadership potentials and possibility. It is put together to show you how to, without stress, become an outstanding and pragmatic leader by simply following the path charted by a tested, proven and approved pathfinder, the man, David Oyedepo. Consider this book as the brightest ever-burning lamp of accumulated wisdom that will help you go places.
In the tradition of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Geoff Dyer, a Grammy-winning producer discovers a powerful and ancient folk music tradition. In a gramophone shop in Istanbul, renowned record collector Christopher C. King uncovered some of the strangest—and most hypnotic—sounds he had ever heard. The 78s were immensely moving, seeming to tap into a primal well of emotion inaccessible through contemporary music. The songs, King learned, were from Epirus, an area straddling southern Albania and northwestern Greece and boasting a folk tradition extending back to the pre-Homeric era. To hear this music is to hear the past. Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. As King hunts for two long-lost virtuosos—one of whom may have committed a murder—he also tells the story of the Roma people who pioneered Epirotic folk music and their descendants who continue the tradition today. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King’s journey becomes an investigation into song and dance’s role as a means of spiritual healing—and what that may reveal about music’s evolutionary origins.
House of Petticoats
Author: Trudy J. Smith
Developed from the personal handwritten journals of Jessie Huffman, this work floats sweetly through the everyday adventures of a young girl growing up in the Great Depression to the romantic remembrances of the woman she becomes, who finds and loses her only true love during World War II.
"I don't care who you hire, or what the company has to pay him … so long as he's the best there is." This anguished cry from the wife of murder victim Dean Milo would draw private investigator Bill Dear into one of the most frustrating and ultimately triumphant cases of his career. Dean Milo was a phenomenally successful businessman who had built a tiny family business into a $50 million-a-year corporation. Along the way he had established a lengthy list of enemies that began with his immediate family and stretched throughout the social and business community. His fast-track ride to the top came to a violent halt on August 11, 1980, when Milo was found dead in his luxurious Ohio home, shot twice in the head. A blank telegram form lay nearby. Four months after his death, the investigation remained a confusing collection of non sequiturs. Clues pointed toward Milo's involvement with the Mafia, the drug world, and the gay community. His own family refused to cooperate with the author¬ities. And time was ticking by … In desperation, Maggie Milo turned to Texas private eye Bill Dear. This is the gripping story of the remarkable collaboration between Dear and the police detectives of Akron, Ohio, that led to eleven convictions, an Ohio record. It is also a tale of the human weakness, desperation, and overwhelming greed that led to a sudden death.