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Episode 116 The Murder of Mamie Thurman

Episode 116 The Murder of Mamie Thurman

November 14, 2022

It’s been 90 years since Mamie Thurman was brutally murdered in Logan County, West Virginia. While investigating the murder of the wife of a local police man, authorities learned Mamie had been leading a double life. 

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Episode Sources

Mamie’s Husband Didn’t Wait Long to Remarry. Coal Valley News. October 23, 2019

WV: The 1932 Murder of Mamie Thurman. Thoughts and Ponderances. March 10, 2020

The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman. F. Keith Davis

 

Episode Music

Evening Fall Harp. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch

Episode 115 The Sinister Bell Witch

October 31, 2022

The Bell Witch legend is one of the most recognized examples of the unexplained in Southern American lore. How did the legend take hold of and define a small town in Tennessee?  

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Episode Sources

Bell Witch lore spins dark tale, but could science explain it all?. The Tennessean. October 28, 2021

Tennessee Myths and Legends. Tennessee State Library and Archives. 

The Year of the Witch. Tennessee Historical Society. October 13, 2017

John William Bell. Findagrave. 

The Mark of the Bell Witch (Documentary). Seth Breedlove, Small Town Monsters. 2020

Historian, descendant recount Bell Witch legend. Associated Press. November 4, 2018

Episode Music

Industrial Music Box. Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

 

Southern Mysteries Shorts Rhonda Belle Martin

Southern Mysteries Shorts Rhonda Belle Martin

July 4, 2022

Southern Mysteries is on hiatus. I’m taking a much needed break from researching murders and mysteries this summer. I’ll be back with new episodes in time to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the show this fall.  

If you’re a patron of Southern Mysteries, you’ll still hear the Patreon exclusive episodes, The Lesser Knowns, each month. If you don’t already support the show you can check out patreon.com/southernmysteries to catch up on the show archive and hear Patron exclusive episodes like the one I’m sharing today. 

Before we say goodbye for the summer, this is the story of a cold blooded killer who became the last woman to die by electrocution in Alabama….Rhonda Belle Martin

 

Episode Sources
Rhonda Belle Martin. Murderpedia.
A Plot Full of Poison. LIFE. 26 March, 1956
The Penalty Is Death: U. S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions by Martin Shipman. University of Missouri Press.
Governor Holds Murderess' Fate. Montgomery Advertiser. 10 October 1957
Grisly Momma. The Malefactors Register

 

Music

 

Emotional and Alone. Purple Planet Music. Licensed Under Creative Commons

 

Episode 114 The Shelton Laurel Massacre

Episode 114 The Shelton Laurel Massacre

June 20, 2022

The Shelton Laurel Massacre in January 1863 is a striking example of divided loyalists and complicated battle lines in North Carolina during the Civil War. 

 

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Episode Sources

The Massacre Men. Scalawag. July 27, 2017

Atrocity at Shelton Laurel. Our State. April 29, 2012

Blood in the Valley: The Shelton Laurel Massacre’s Haunting Legacy. Mountain Xpress Asheville

History and Writing about the Massacre. Vicki Lane Tales of Appalachia 

The Shelton Laurel Massacre, Madison County, NC,Winter of 1863. Shelton Family History Blog

 

Episode Music

Leoforos Alexandras by Dan Bodan.  Licensed under a Creative Commons.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 113 Sumter County Does

Episode 113 Sumter County Does

June 6, 2022

In the summer of 1976 two bodies were discovered in rural Sumter County, South Carolina. Their identities remained a mystery for nearly 45 years

 

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Episode Sources

 

Sumter Couple Mystery Website dedicated to the case 

Killer Remains Nameless. January 2021.

Sumter County Does. The Doe Network

Sumter County murder victims laid to rest. The Index Journal. August 15, 1977

 

Episode Music

Long Note One by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

 

Sense of Loss courtesy of Purple Planet Music.  https://www.purple-planet.com/


Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 112 The Color Line Murders

Episode 112 The Color Line Murders

May 23, 2022

Some of the oldest true crime cases in America are racial terror lynchings. To understand the history of lynching in the American South you have to know what led to the acceptance of racial terror and the brave people who led anti lynching campaigns in an effort to end the violence and save lives. 

 

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Episode Sources

Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century by Jason Morgan Ward. Oxford University Press

The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Hal Cone and Bill Moyers). The Journal. 

Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Public Law No: 117-107 (03/29/2022). This bill makes lynching a federal hate crime offense.

This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence. Vice. April 27, 2016

What happens when we forget? Facing South. May 7, 2018

Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States 1889-1918. NAACP Report on Lynching 

Equal Justice Initiative, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror (3d Ed., 2017).

How one Civil Rights activist posed as a white man in order to investigate lynchings. Fresh Air, NPR. March 30, 2022

 

Episode Music

“One” courtesy of Ross Gentry. Special thanks to Headway Recordings, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 111 The 1912 Hillsville Massacre

Episode 111 The 1912 Hillsville Massacre

May 9, 2022

The Hillsville Massacre has been described as one of the most bizarre incidents in Virginia criminal and legal history. Floyd Allen, the patriarch of the Allen clan, known for feuding, moonshining and violence, was executed after he stood trial for triggering the 1912 courthouse massacre. But the question remains…who shot first?

 

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Episode Sources

Gunfight in courthouse after guilty verdict left 5 dead, 7 wounded. New York Daily News. July 4, 2021

Floyd Allen (1856–1913). Encyclopedia of Virginia. 

Courthouse Tragedy. The Carroll County Historical and Society Museum

The Hillsville Massacre. The Roanoker. November 1982

Floyd Allen. Murderpedia

 

Episode Music

Loneliest Road in America by Jesse Gallager  Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 110 Mississippi Royalty King and Queen of the Gypsies

Episode 110 Mississippi Royalty King and Queen of the Gypsies

April 25, 2022

Emil and Kelly Mitchell, known as the King and Queen of the Gypsies, have long been a part of Meridian, Mississippi lore but their story is complicated and often misunderstood 

 

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Episode Sources


Queen of the Gypsies Dead. Our Southern Home. February 10, 1915

The Rose Hill Company of Players. Facebook

Queen Kelly Mitchell: A Slice of Meridian’s History. The Meridian Star. December 26, 2007

Historical tales abound within Rose Hill Cemetery. Today in Mississippi 

Fortune telling ordinance challenged. The Meridian Star. February 13, 2011

Meridian, Mississippi, the Queen City. The Meridian Star. October 28, 2011

Why Being 'Gypped' Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You. Code Switch NPR. December 30, 2013

Roma Culture: Customs, Traditions & Beliefs. Live Science. November 26, 2018

Meridian’s Royal Past. Mississippi FolkLife. February 4, 2019

 

Episode Music

Alone with my Thoughts by Esther Abrami  Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 109 Bloody Bob Sims and The Sims War

Episode 109 Bloody Bob Sims and The Sims War

April 11, 2022

In the late 1880s Bob Sims declared himself a prophet with more than 100 followers in his Choctaw County Alabama cult. His belief that no man could establish laws over him led to a bloody chapter in Alabama history

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Episode Sources

Sims War Siege. Choctaw County Geological Society

Robert Bruce Sims. Find A Grave.

The Sims War Connection. Rebellion Leader Robert Bruce Sims. Campbell Family History

Bad Literature. Bob Sims Paper ‘The Veil is Rent’. The Standard Gauge. September 10, 1891

Robert Sims, Thomas and Young Savage. Strange Fruit and Spanish Moss. December 26, 2014

A Southern Terror: Arrest of the Bloody Bob Sims and His Bad Gang. The Pittsburgh Press. December 27, 1891

Stars Fell on Alabama by Carl Carmer. University of Alabama Press (1985)

 

Episode Music

Argonne by Zachariah Hickman Licensed under Creative Commons

Bring Me Your Sorrows by Dan Lebowitz. Licensed under Creative Commons

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

Episode 108 The Mysterious Disappearance of Pearl Corens

Episode 108 The Mysterious Disappearance of Pearl Corens

March 28, 2022

Pearl Corens disappeared on February 13, 1945. Over the next two weeks mysterious notes perplexed police as they searched for the missing war department employee. Then came a shocking discovery on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

 

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Episode Sources

Justice and the Case of the Corpseless Head. New York Daily News. March 24, 1946

Judge is Grim in Weird Case. The Spokesman-Review. May 29, 1945.

Wife’s Head Found; Husband Held. The New York Daily News. March 1, 1945

Corens Offers Alibi for Bloodstains in Bethesda Home. The Evening Star. May 25, 1945

Rice, C. (2018). 45 Murderers: A Collection of True Crime Stories. United States: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road.

 

Episode Music

Falling Rain by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Source: http://incompetech.com

 

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

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