The Ashland Massacre. Murder Spree.

On the cold winter night of December 23, 1881, Fannie Gibbons, her brother Robbie and friend Emma Carico were staying alone at the Gibbons home while their mother Martha was away for the night. Sometime before dawn on Christmas Eve, the Gibbons home caught fire. And when the townspeople came to the rescue, they found three dead bodies—but not from the flames. All three had been brutally murdered, and the young girls had been raped. The town was in shock, and someone needed to pay with their life for this atrocity. But justice would come at a heavy price. Not for just the confessed and accused, but to the entire town. This is a Christmas Eve Tragedy. The Ashland Massacre.



Where we got our info, so that you, too, can travel down a rabbit hole:


The Story of the First legal Hanging in Carter County

The Commonwealth Heritage Group

The Ashland Tragedy Proves Evil is Nothing New |

Lexington Herald Leader February 26, 1922

Louisville Courier-Journal January 20, 1882 and February 15, 1882

The Owensboro Messenger January 6, 1882

The Hazel Green Herald April 1, 1885

Books mentioned in the podcast

The Ashland Tragedy: Murder, a Mob and a Militia in Kentucky
The Ashland Tragedy: Murder, a Mob and a Militia in Kentucky

Description from Amazon:

On Christmas Eve 1881, a horrible crime shook the small town of Ashland, Kentucky, and captivated the entire nation. Three children were brutally murdered and their house set ablaze. Nothing in the small town’s past had prepared it for what followed. Three men were convicted of the crimes, and two were sentenced to death. But the murderers were protected by the governor’s untrained militia, which would eventually turn their guns on Ashland’s innocent citizens. Join author H.E. “Joe” Castle as he adds to the work of J.M. Huff and discover this incredible, captivating true story of one of the darkest chapters in the history of Kentucky.

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