Episode -6 The Miller Manhunt
Many in the Appalachian Mountains are familiar with the murder and killing rampage that occurred in 1906 Asheville North Carolina. The Gunman, Will Harris’s manhunt and killing related to his shooting of several individuals both white and African American.
Even today you can see the scars his stray bullets had made on the Vance Monument downtown, Asheville tour guides will point out the marks and tell how the story is famous, particularly in part to the Thomas Wolfe’s story, “The Child by Tiger.” Wolf was about 6 years old when the Harris incident and manhunt occurred. It seems to have made a strong impression on him.
There was a similar incident that had happened in Morganton, N.C. in 1927.
The news papers of the day wrote of the Story of Broadus Miller with headlines such as “The Largest Manhunt in Western North Carolina History”. In reality, it may possibly still be.
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