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THE LAST OF THE BIGHAMS
by J. A. Zeigler

The tale of the Pamplico family's murders and the death penalty trails of the one-handed Edmund Bigham dominated newspapers in South Carolina through the 1920s. The trials drew carnival like crowds of curious citizens eager to hear the tale of horror.  A prosecution witness died on the stand and the skull of his mother was introduced as evidence against him  But Edmund Bigham, accused of killing his brother, sister, mother and two adopted nephews, escaped the death penalty to live out his life as "The Last of the Bighams."

This first biography about the notorious Bigham family of Florence County was  written by J. A. Zeigler, then editor of the Florence Morning News and Review.  At the time of the trial, Zeigler covered every facet of the murder trail as a news reporter. He wrote not only the accounts of the six-year court proceedings, but the evil traditions of the Bigham family as well.  This book was first published in 1927.

230 pages. Softcover

ISBN 0-87844-056-9, $22.95