Stories of Appalachia Court,Crime,The Coalfields,The Great Depression The “Hillbilly Girl” Murder Case: Edith Maxwell

The “Hillbilly Girl” Murder Case: Edith Maxwell

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In 1935 a young Appalachian teacher from Pound, Virginia, was arrested for the murder of her abusive father. The trials that followed attracted the attention of the national press, which chose, as it always does, to portray Appalachia as a land of ignorant, backward and poor folks while they focused on the more lurid details of the case.

Today we tell the story of Edith Maxwell.

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