Hangings and lychings in Estill County late 1800s
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#1 Jan 25, 2010
Do you think the legacy of hangings and lynchings in the late 1800s have led to the higher than average crime rate of our home community today? The Puckett hanging. The Richardson hanging. The Ed Hawkins hanging. These events shouldn't have been public events. We had some bloody people in the early days of the history of this county. Kids would pack a lunch and watch these brutal displays of public hatered.
Alex Richardson was hung in 1895 over a murder he didn't commit according to my relatives. A White guy on Trotting Ridge killed his wife and then Alex was spotted bloody after a hunting accident.
The boom and bust cycle of this town has produced a destablilized people who are full of inner rage and resentment. It doesn't take much stress to set these people off.
This cycle is so prevailant in Eastern KY and yet we wonder why people put the region down.
#2 Jan 26, 2010
no, I think that they should bring them back for the nonreformable criminals. This should deter others from following in their footsteps. However, I do not agree with hate crimes--as I said earlier. it should be reserved for the worst of the worst.
#3 Jan 26, 2010
Remember, though, that the public display of hangings/executions weren't just in Eastern Kentucky. Public executions have been a part of history since biblical days.
The perception of "mountain people" started during the days of the Hatfields/McCoys. Sensational journalists (not unlike today's tabloids) covered the feud and emblellished what happened. With the other feuds that happened in Eastern Kentucky after the Civil War, they did the same thing. A really good book on the subject is Days Of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pierce.
Another thing to remember is that our people came from very clannish people. There would be a few families that would travel together. They would settle together. They trusted each other. And yes, they would intermarry.
All those things are where the perceptions started. Unfortunately, the lack of industry (any type), abuse of drugs/alcohol and violence that comes from that adds to it. As a result, people from the mountains are the last social group that it's acceptable to make fun of.
Just my 2 cents.
#4 Jan 26, 2010
I would love to see public hangings again!!!!!
#5 Jan 27, 2010
Most major problems in America come from Appalachian whites, Hispanics and African Americans. Small town midwestern whites are usually peaceful.
Appalachia was isolated. Poor infrastructure and schools. Most Eastern KY communities have a violent past. Blood flowing like water in a flood at times. Awful. Old mountain men will get you if you don't watch out. Mountain men often treat their wives as their property...Violence towards women is often accepted. A meek woman says "Billy beats me up but I still love him". Loretta Lynn of Johnson County suffered abuse from Doolittle Lynn.
Too many cavemen in the mountains. Not enough gentlmen with culture, class and kindness.
#6 Jan 27, 2010
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