by Katharine Boling
This chilling account of the powerful Bigham
family has its beginnings in the late 1700s. The grip of terror the family
held on inhabitants of northeastern South Carolina lasted over 100 years.
Defying the laws of man and God, the Bighams
established themselves as lords--acquiring land and power, strong arming anyone
who stood in their wary. On January 15, 1921, their dynasty crumbled.
When five of the six remaining members of this
notorious family were found brutally murdered, it was believed the family had
finally turned the gun on itself. The sole survivor--who doubtlessly bore
the brunt of public retaliation against his entire clan--was convicted of the
slayings. Throughout the six years of trial and the subsequent forty years
in prison, Edmund Bigham maintained his innocence.
For five generations the Bigham family was known in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina for their superior intelligence and power and their contempt for the law. This powerful account traces the family’s history to the sensational mass murder in 1921 and follows the six years of trials of Edmund Bigham, the sole remaining family member who was accused of the slaying. Includes courtroom testimony.
10 ISBN: 0-87844-054-2
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