is a long buried true story, dark and
foreboding, some of it almost unbelievable.
Kemper County, Mississippi didn't actually take
it's moniker, "Bloody Kemper" from the bright
red soil, as some local parents would like their
children to believe.
comes from an earlier time when the rule of law
held little relief for a man wronged. The
families here lived by the Code.
Call it what you like, code of the hills, an eye
for an eye or, perhaps even revenge, it was a
stern uncompromising way of life that would
allow no quarter when a man's honor was at
In the 1890's a
sinister doctor entered into a conspiracy with
local merchants. He poisoned as many as fifty of
his own patients to collect life insurance.
Newspapers called it the most heinous crime in
the history of the nation.
The story flashes
back to the Reconstruction period after the
Civil War. A bitter feud between two prominent
families, the Gullys and the Chisolms, led to
what is called "the massacre". They say blood
ran in the streets that day.
The deep piney woods
still cover the county of Kemper, the soil is
still red and county continues to be called "Bloody Kemper."
And, of course the old feud has long since
pasted into the pages of history. Well,
Publisher: Lone Star Press
Date Published: 1997, Revised
2nd Edition, 1998.
sorry. There are
only a few copies of Bloody Kemper
we will offer these last new books at
the special price of $90.00 per copy
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All are in new condition with dust
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