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The Inept Executioner of Wise County
Episode 254 has a different format than usual. I was perusing an old True Detective Magazine and found a story written from the point of view of the hangman of Wise County, Virginia, telling the stories of the five men whose heads he put in nooses. It was an interesting story, but something wasn’t quite right about it. So I did some research on the individual cases, and have woven some news stories of the day in with the executioner’s tale, an exercise in point of view as it were. It’s interesting to note that the ghostwriter of the True Detective story was James Taylor Adams, the beloved folklorist of Wise County.
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Opening and incidental music by Nico Vitesse. Incidental music also by Chuck Wiggins. Closing theme by Dave Sams and Rachel Schott, engineered by David Hisch at Third Street Music.
Incidental music from podcastmusic.com and musopen.org.
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun
Richard O Jones, Executive Producer