Asbury Respus: North Carolina’s First Serial Killer?

September 30th, 1931. Randelman Road, six miles outside Greensboro, North Carolina.It’s about 9 AM in the morning, and a man passing by notices smoke coming from the Leonard farm. When he rushes to investigate the source of the blaze, he finds that the Leonard home is burning. It’s as he is attempting to save theContinue reading “Asbury Respus: North Carolina’s First Serial Killer?”

Trace Evidence Podcast Releases Episode About Angie Hamby.

Trace Evidence, a podcast I have listened to for quite a while now has released an excellent episode about the disappearance of Angela Gray Hamby from Wilkes county. Steven Pacheco has done an excellent job organizing the information into a coherent narrative, as well as speculating on the possible reasons and people involved in theContinue reading “Trace Evidence Podcast Releases Episode About Angie Hamby.”

The Minish Axe Murder

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”-Jeremiah 17:9 1883 was a bloody year in Iredell county. It’s another one of those spots in history where unseen forces conspired to display mankind’s depravity in uniquely awful ways. In addition to the story we’re going to look at today, thatContinue reading “The Minish Axe Murder”

September, 1975 in Statesville. Murders, rape, and a John Doe.

Humans seemed naturally wired to look for patterns in life. Sometimes coincidences have meaning and sometimes they are statistical improbabilities. Either way, the mind naturally wants to create order from chaos, and the more we do that, the more likely we are to refute the randomness of events that share the same space and timeContinue reading “September, 1975 in Statesville. Murders, rape, and a John Doe.”

The Unresolved Death of Daria Wade

December 9th, 1976. Howards Bridge road in northern Iredell county.Just after lunch time, a local resident named Claude Howard discovers the nude body of a deceased female on the edge of a farm field just off the main road, and near the bridge the road is named for. How and why she was there andContinue reading “The Unresolved Death of Daria Wade”

The Murder of Will Bolin

Sunday, August 16th 1896A small church in the northern part of Iredell county called Smith Chapel is having several “protracted meetings”, or what southern congregants today would call a multi-day “revival”. Edward Clinton Van Hoy and William T Bolin are first cousins, and the two men must have been attending the revival that night.What passedContinue reading “The Murder of Will Bolin”

The Apparent Ghost of Warren Bridge

Tucked away on a rural road at the very northernmost extent of Iredell county is a small, nondescript bridge over the dark waters of Hunting Creek. While the bridge is in Iredell county, crossing over it heading northbound means entering Wilkes on the other side.It’s a rural area, and always has been, with a smatteringContinue reading “The Apparent Ghost of Warren Bridge”

The Ore Knob Mine Murders of Ashe County

Ashe might seem like a sleepy, rural county on the west end of the state, but back in the early 80’s there was some big city style intrigue going on there. It’s a tale of dirty cops, drug running, motorcycle gangs, and mafia style hits that culminated in a flashy stuntman from Nashville being loweredContinue reading “The Ore Knob Mine Murders of Ashe County”