Murder in the Mountains: Historic True Crime in Western North Carolina

Type: Books

Murder, Moonshine & Mayhem

in Western North Carolina

Guns, liquor, racial strife, divisive politics, and war come together in ten well-documented, true-crime stories of nineteenth-century mountain families. In these accounts, unrivaled by any of the Wild West, history and genealogy buffs may be surprised to learn that Asheville was the site of more than one lynching, that the Ku Klux Klan had gained power in the region, or that a US Deputy Marshal got away with murder—seven times.


The author is a descendant of early nineteenth-century mountain settlers. With over thirty years of experience in researching, writing, and publishing, Nadia Dean uncovers some never-before-told sagas and sets right other accounts that missed the mark.