From the Fairmont West Virginian Published February 8, 1906 A man committed suicide by pulling pieces of his brain out of a bullet hole he sustained during a robbery last summer. Before he could damage his brain enough to kill himself, he died from blood poisoning. He had previously tried suicide by poking at his… Continue reading Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”
January 1, 1953 Oak Hill, West Virginia Hiram King "Hank" Williams dies on the road at just 29 years old Williams was born with spina bifida occulta which caused unending pain and lead to Williams abusing drugs and alcohol to alleviate the pain. On January 1, Williams' chauffeur, Charles Carr (19), asked Williams if he… Continue reading The death of Hank Williams
From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published December 29, 1936 Tuskegee, Alabama Logan, West Virginia "Only" 9 lynches were reported for the year, down from a 3-year average of 21 per year. A woman shot and killed an "unwelcome visitor" in her home when he would not leave.
Famous Last Words John Brown Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) December 2, 1859 "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done." Brown,… Continue reading FLW: change comes with blood
September 12, 1952 Flatwoods, West Virginia The Flatwoods Monster is sighted for the first time Shortly before dark on September 12, a group of boys spotted what they said was a fiery UFO shooting through the sky which crashed into a nearby hilltop. The boys raced to the hilltop and met a large creature (witness… Continue reading Flatwoods Monster