Was Frankie Silver Hanged Justly? Essay

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Frankie Silver we have all heard her name. The first woman hanged in North Carolina, or was she. The ballad of Frankie Silver is a story of a young woman who murdered her husband with an axe. We all think how a young girl could do such a thing. There must have been some reason. There are several different versions as in any ballad and I am going to let you be the judge of whether you think she is guilty or not.The most common version is that Frankie killed Charlie, her husband, in a jealous rage at Christmas time in 1831. The story tells that he had been cheating while he was supposed to be out hunting. See he was a great hunter and stayed gone for weeks at a time hunting, but the woods around there house was full of game for him to hunt. So he really did not have to go for so long just to hunt for food. One day, before he was to start out on another hunting trip, Frankie asked him if he would cut up enough wood for her and there little daughter to get through the winter while he was gone. He went outside and cut down a whole tree and stacked it up for her. This took him all day and he was very tired so he came inside and took a nap by the fire with his little girl in his arms. Frankie thought this was her opportunity to kill him. She had been pondering how to do it. She took the baby out of his arms and put her to bed. Then she took the axe that he had cut the wood with and struck him on the head with it. However the first blow did not kill him. He got up and ran around the house. Frankie ran and hid under the covers of their bed until she heard him hit the floor. She took another swing and this time completely severed his head. To get rid of the evidence she chopped him up in pieces and burned him in the fire place, using all the wood that he had chopped that day. She could not burn every thing so she hid his head and other parts in a tree stump out from their house. Others she hid underneath the planks of wood in their home. The next morning Frankie went to her in-laws house and said that Charlie had been gone for three days and not returned.Charlie?s parents told Frankie to stay with them. And the whole community set out to look for him. As the days went on more suspicions grew. Frankie acted mad as if she suspected him to be with another woman. Charlie?s dad brought in a slave conjure man in to discern the location on Charlie. The man determined that Charlie was still in his cabin. They then investigated the home and found blood underneath the plankets of wood and bits of bone everywhere. Frankie was then arrested. Some accounts say that her mother and brother were arrested with her.Another account is by Bobby McMillon. I emailed him and he wrote me back with a short description of what happened but a longer version of his version in the book ?A Tree Accurst?. Charlie was a good looking man from description and Frankie was the prettiest girl in that area. They were said to have a good marriage....

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