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  1. Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South
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  2. Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South

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In 1929, in a remote county of the Arkansas Ozarks, the gruesome murder of harmonica-playing drifter Connie Franklin and the brutal rape of his teenaged fiancée captured the attention of a nation on the cusp of the Great Depression. National press from coast to coast ran stories of the sensational exploits of night-riding moonshiners, powerful "Barons of the Hills," and a world of feudal oppression in the isolation of the rugged Ozarks. The ensuing arrest of five local men for both crimes and the confusion and superstition surrounding the trial and conviction gave Stone County a dubious and short-lived notoriety.


Closely examining how the story and its regional setting were interpreted by the media, Brooks Blevins recounts the gripping events of the murder investigation and trial, where a man claiming to be the murder victim--the "Ghost" of the Ozarks--appeared to testify. Local conditions in Stone County, which had no electricity and only one long-distance telephone line, frustrated the dozen or more reporters who found their way to the rural Ozarks, and the developments following the arrests often prompted reporters' caricatures of the region: accusations of imposture and insanity, revelations of hidden pasts and assumed names, and threats of widespread violence. Locating the past squarely within the major currents of American history, Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South paints a convincing backdrop to a story that, more than 80 years later, remains riddled with mystery.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

My book arrived two days ago and I have not finished it yet. I am an Ozarkian and wanted to read this of my early life involved settlements that were similar and seemed caught in time. Since I remembered some of that history, it makes it more interesting to me. Outsiders may have always been judgemental about the Ozarks, but it is truly a wonderful, history-rich place. Mr. Blevins is an excellent writer, and OH! the incredible amount of meticulous research he has done. Maybe my own brain is kind of fried due to stressful time of year, but there are times when reading that I had to stop and re-read what I had just read over and over again. For me, I wish that the writing had been a little more economical...sometimes the sentences seem long, or the material is repeated (especially in the Prologue). It is somewhat confusing to the reader to keep all these trains of thought going. That being said, I STILL love the book, the subject matter, and I highly recommend it.
I live and work in the area and was told about the history from my oldest son who is a history teacher! You'll like this book . Get ready for the surprise at the end!
I am amazed at the author's style at explaining a story and his seemingly thorough investigation. It seems as though it would make a riveting movie. There are many twists and turns. Who to believe? Wow!
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