Hang your head, Tom Dooley

Although probably not even the worst or most lurid murder to ever take place in Wilkes county, it sure is the most well known.

On this day, 155 years back, the body of Laura Foster was found in a shallow grave, having been stabbed to death. Eventually a man named Tom Dula would be hanged for the crime, and as the story unraveled, it would shock the entire country.

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Published by Abandoned NC

I went back to my old home and the furrow of each year plowed like surf across the place had not washed memory away. -A. R. Ammons

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