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|The Ballad of Frankie Silver: New Edition in early 2013
The Ballad of Frankie Silver was published in a new edition by St. Martins Press early in 2013. The novel, a New York Times best-seller, tells the moving story of the 18-year old mountain girl who became the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina (1833.)
n a little mountain cemetery in Mitchell County, North Carolina stand three graves - all belonging to the same man.
Behind the legend of graves is the true story of Frankie Silver, an 18-year old frontier girl, hanged for murder in Burke County North Carolina in 1833, for a crime she might not have committed. This stirring tale of mountain justice is also a study of a frontier family, and of the contrasts between the mountain South of log cabins and trappers and the flat land South of plantations.
Present-day east Tennessee Sheriff Spencer Arrowood, recuperating from a gunshot wound received in the line of duty, is obsessed with the case of Frankie Silver, because he has just been invited to witness an execution.
Twenty years ago, Spencer Arrowood, then a deputy, had apprehended a fugitive and testified at the trial that sentenced him to death. Now a letter from Riverbend, the new maximum security penitentiary in Nashville says that Sheriff Arrowood is required to be a state's witness to the execution.
It is too late to save Frankie Silver, but what about Fate Harkryder? If the sheriff learns that the wrong man was convicted, he has very little time to save him.
The Frankie Silver story inspired the New River Valley Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association in their 2004 fund raising efforts. Read more (PDF file).
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