This 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
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, hasn't it?
Publisher: Lone Star Press
Date Published: 1997, Revised
2nd Edition, 1998.