At the conclusion of the Civil War, Wilkes County, North Carolina, was the site of the nation's first nationally publicized crime of passion. In the wake of a tumultuous love affair and a mysterious chain of events, Tom Dooley was tried, convicted and hanged for the murder of Laura Foster. This notorious crime became an inspiration for musicians, writers and storytellers ever since, creating a mystery of mythic proportions. Through newspaper articles, trial documents and public records, Dr. John E. Fletcher brings this dramatic case to life, providing the long-awaited factual account of the legendary murder. Join the investigation into one of the country's most enduring thrillers.… (more)
Foreword [by Edith Marie Ferguson Carter] The story of Tom Dooley has been, over the years, a blend of fact and fiction.
Introduction Wilkes County, North Carolina. The year is 1865 This is a factual retelling of the nation's first nationally publicized crime of passion and the true story behind the ballad that was the number one song by the Kingston Trio in 1958 and is still known and sung today.
With the possible exception of Ann Melton's acquittal, they got it right!