We have a visitor from London. Paul Slade produces the PlanetSlade blog ( http://www.planetslade.com/index.html ) and is working on a book, Unprepared to Die, about the true stories behind well known murder ballads.


His local interests are the Lawson family Christmas massacre in 1929 near Germanton and Poor Ellen Smith, the story of the last public hanging in Forsyth County in 1894. https://northcarolinaroom.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/swinging-into-eternity-poor-ellen-smith/

We spent a good bit of time yesterday discussing the Ellen Smith story and will be touring the sites associated with it later this morning. Check out his fascinating blog at the link above.