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By Brooks Blevins

In 1929, in a distant county of the Arkansas Ozarks, the ugly homicide of harmonica-playing drifter Connie Franklin and the brutal rape of his teenaged fiancee captured the eye of a country at the cusp of the good melancholy. nationwide press from coast to coast ran tales of the sensational exploits of night-riding moonshiners, robust "Barons of the Hills," and an international of feudal oppression within the isolation of the rugged Ozarks. the consequent arrest of 5 neighborhood males for either crimes and the confusion and superstition surrounding the trial and conviction gave Stone County a doubtful and short-lived notoriety. heavily analyzing how the tale and its nearby environment have been interpreted by means of the media, Brooks Blevins recounts the gripping occasions of the homicide research and trial, the place a guy claiming to be the homicide victim—the "Ghost" of the Ozarks—appeared to testify. neighborhood stipulations in Stone County, which had no electrical energy and just one long-distance telephone...

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20 Even with his penchant for hyperbole, Randolph’s estimation of Ozarkers’ sense of justice was close to the mark, and activities in the St. James area reflected the strange mixture of cussed individualism and community conformity that one encountered in the region. Community memory in the St. James area notes the existence and influence of the Ku Klux Klan, or some sort of night-riding, vigilante element. Given the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan in the Ozarks during the first half of the 1920s, it is quite possible that the organization, or at least its spirit, had survived until the end of the decade in eastern Stone County.

3 Wire services carried the horrible tale across the nation to papers large and small, from Syracuse, New York, to Reno, Nevada, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Dothan, Alabama. Whether courtesy of Time and the Chicago Sun or the Coshocton Tribune and the Ironwood Daily Globe, readers in November and December 1929 encountered the story of the young drifter killed on his way to get married in the backwoods of Arkansas. It jockeyed for space and attention with the plane crashes, deadly fires, suicides, and other murders that littered the pages of even the smallest newspapers of the age.

Franklin, Connie, 1897–1932. 2. Murder—Arkansas— Stone County—History—20th century. 3. Trials (Murder)— Arkansas—Stone County. 4. Murder—Press coverage—United States—History—20th century. 5. Arkansas—Press coverage— United States—History—20th century. 6. Ozark Mountains Region—Press coverage—United States—History—20th century. 7. Stereotypes (Social psychology)—United States— History—20th century. 8. Collective memory—Arkansas—Stone County—History—20th century. 9. )—Social life and customs—History—20th century.

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