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True Crime Stories of Western North Carolina, True Crime

Explore the international headlines and the little-known crimes, the solved and the wrongly solved, in these tales of the North Carolina mountains.

Western North Carolina is known for mountain vistas and wild, rocky rivers, but remote wilderness and quaint small towns can have a dark side. Learn the truth behind the famous murder ballad Tom Dooley. Delve into the criminal history of moonshine, and the tales of two unexpected bombers in idyllic Mayberry.

Crime writer Cathy Pickens brings a novelist's eye to Western North Carolina's crime stories that define the sinister--and quirky--side of the mountains.

Cathy Pickens

Cathy Pickens, a lawyer and college professor, is a crime fiction writer (Southern Fried Mysteries, St. Martin's/Minotaur) and true crime columnist for Mystery Readers Journal. She is Professor Emerita at the McColl School of Business, served as national president of Sisters in Crime and has served on the boards of Mystery Writers of America and the Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program.

The History Press