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Brevard Author Revisits Notorious Murder Cases – Brevard, NC


Last updated 2/24/2020 at 3:17pm

Brevard author Pamela Blevins with a copy of the Hersey trial transcript and her book "Beyond the Hand of God." The transcript, published in 1862, was vitally important in her retelling of the 1860 murder case that marked a major advancement in the use of forensic science to stop a potential serial killer in his tracks. (Courtesy photo by Karen A. Shaffer)

When Brevard author Pamela Blevins was the editor of the Weymouth News in Weymouth, Mass., she wrote a series of feature articles about old murder cases in the town: Maria Bickford in 1845, Frances Tirrell in 1860 and Grayce Asquith in 1936.

"Back in the late '70s and early '80s, we published these stories in an old-fashioned serial form over three or four issues," Blevins recalled. "Each time we featured one, every copy of the newspaper sold out."

Weymouth had a rather dispiriting history of notorious murders, for each one was indeed notorious. The two 19th century crimes were so f...

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