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Re: “A killing in Pocahontas

Some of the comments here state that Pocahontas has become a drug mecca. I recall a time long ago when a friend of my family predicted a time when drugs would come to this part of the state. I couldn't believe it would ever happen. But it did but not because of any unique qualities of Pocahontas and Randolph County. It's happening everywhere and Pocahontas was eventually entrained into the mess. I can't think of any real solution to the problem except, possibly, the decriminalization of drugs. Those who aren't going to use drugs will continue to abstain; those who use drugs will use them, legal or not. Legalization would put the cookers out of business pretty quick. I am surprised the government is so stupid they did not learn the lesson of prohibition. Well, maybe I'm not THAT surprised.
On another matter. Some have commented that the Perkins story should be made into a movie. Perhaps it should. There have been several notable events in Randolph County history which, I believe, would make good drama. I've long though the story of John Kizer (buried in Reynolds Cemetery) would be a really good movie. Once upon a time I saw Andy Griffith playing Kizer.
The story of Rufe Pursful (buried in Sutton Cemetery) would make a good movie. In fact, he was the inspiration for one of the characters in Clint Eastwood's "Escape from Alcatraz" even though Pursful lived decades before the events of escape from Alcatraz.
The murder of the Eliot family and the subsequent trial of the Greens might make good drama, although the details of the case may be too horrendous for public consumption. I am older than the Greens but as children we attended the same school and even rode the same bus. The school bus stopped to pick up the Green children on Baker Den Road between Warm Springs and Dalton. The Green kids were some of the filthiest I had ever seen. My sister and I referred to them as the grimy Greens. There were at least two boys and a girl, if I recall. One of the boys would later be killed while working under a car and the jack slipped. I don't know what became of the girl. The other boy, of course, was Billy. Under the layers of dirt he was a cute kid. Who could have known then what he would turn into.

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Posted by asimov on 04/22/2015 at 8:58 AM

Re: “A killing in Pocahontas

My family does not come from Pocahontas but from the little communities and small towns in the hills to the north and west of town. Pocahontas and Randolph County are going on 200 years old and my family has been here since the beginning. Their names appear in the courthouse records: marriage and tax; land sales and a few divorces. The crime in Pocahontas isn't any greater than the crime of any other town its size and age. Given enough time, any settlement will have its scandals and murders and produce a few colorful characters. To tell the truth, Randolph County simply has not produced that many colorful characters. The murders and mayhems that have occurred are anomalies and not part of an overall pattern. In any discussion I've read about Pocahontas and Randolph County, presumptive historians list the rogues and scallywags from this area but they never seem to list them all. Even a complete list is still very short. There are over 200 cemeteries in Randolph county and of those only a handful are what I call "interesting" because they contain the burial sites of criminals or their victims. The museum on the courthouse square is not filled with photographs of hanged men. It has one, I think, a photograph of George Chevrie who was lynched after killing a marshal. Other than Chevrie there were two murderers hanged in Pocahontas in the 1870s and a slave hanged in Jackson (the former county seat) in the 1820s or 30s for murdering his owner.
Pocahontas is a pretty nice place to live. It's the best I've found and I've traveled a great deal. I'm not going to let a few outrages color my view of it. If one of the authors of the Mena, Arkansas, cocaine smuggling ring can go on to occupy the White House, no penny ante escapade is going to ruin my homeland for me.

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Posted by asimov on 04/18/2015 at 4:29 PM


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