Local businessman, William McCully became interested in the tale in 2010 when the people of western Winston County (Rural Hill and Center Ridge communities) acknowledged the 100th anniversary of her death. With some research, it became obvious that the real story of her murder and the following events had never fully been told and were much more interesting than a simple ghost story. McCully has recently released his first book, “Murder in Rural Hill” that examines the case in detail from beginning to end.
Said McCully, “Most people don’t know much about the events that occurred from 1910 to 1913 relating to this case. Over the years it simply became a good ghost tale but the true story is much more fascinating. Most have forgotten that there were two additional murders related to the case that were never solved and that the event brought national attention leading to a trial which is still regarded as one of the most famous in Mississippi history.”
“Murder in Rural Hill” seeks to expose the facts of the case without speculation. Beginning on the
“Murder in Rural Hill” is available on Amazon in paperback form and as a Kindle version. It is also available locally at several retailers, the Winston County Library where a portion of the proceeds are donated to the library and at the offices of WinstonWebNews located at 116 South Columbus in Louisville. A book signing is scheduled on October 11 at the Winston County Library from 11:30 am till 1:30 pm.