The Untold Story of Frankie Silver by Perry Deane Young
Was She Unjustly Hanged?

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"Three days before Christmas in 1831, Frankie Silver killed her husband, Charles Silver, with an axe and burned his body in the fireplace. Author Perry Deane Young, whose ancestors were involved in the case, began collecting material about it as a teenager. As a college student, he was astounded to learn that most of what he had been told was actually false. Abused by her husband, Frankie killed in self defense. The laws of that time would not allow her to take the stand and explain what happened. She was unjustly hanged in July of 1833. Young proves the real crime is the way this poor woman has been misrepresented by balladeers and historians all these years.

“Perry Deane Young provides important historical background to this fascinating story… Young is able to build suspense, even for a story many of his readers may already know…By personalizing both Frankie Silver’s story and his own search for it, Young has given readers an interesting and well-written book about history and the way it is created.” --Lynn Moss Sanders in Appalachian Journal

“Most of my life I’ve heard stories about a pretty mountain lady who was hanged for nothing more serious than murdering her husband. Here, and I can say at last after one and a half centuries, is the true account, thoroughly researched and beautifully presented. It’s a highroad journey into this Appalachian mystery.” --John Ehle, author of The Land Breakers, The Road, The Journey of August King"

About Perry Deane Young

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Young was born in 1941, the youngest of 13 children, on a hilltop farm in Woodfin just north of Asheville, North Carolina. Young worked on newspapers in North Carolina and New York and for United Press International in Raleigh, New York, and Saigon. He arrived in Saigon the night of the Tet Offensive in 1968 and covered the fighting there, the battle for Hue, and the Siege of Khe Sanh. He has published articles in many national magazines and newspapers including Harper's, Rolling Stone, Ms., The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the author of New York Times bestseller The David Kopay Story, which he wrote with the pro football player
Published May 4, 2012 by iUniverse. 284 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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