The Felon File Podcast is a discussion of law enforcement history, issues, and incidents. Stories of justice and justice failed, in the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Hosted by Scott Lunsford, retired police detective sergeant, author, and researcher. Listened to in 22 countries worldwide.
1808 in the Mountains of North Carolina. One of the first uses of forensic firearm analysis in a murder investigation occurs. Though it almost happened too late. James Craig, working alone at his mill when his dogs began barking. Investigating a shot rang out and James fell. James was able to identify his shooter before he died...
On the night of November 20, 1901, a young woman disappeared from her home in Elizabeth City North Carolina. Thirty-seven days later, her body was found in the Pasquotank River. Despite a boyfriend being convicted of her murder, there are many questions about her death that remain unanswered.
Who killed the mountain farmer? There were several trials and no convictions. Two years later the farmer's brother-in-law is found dead. Was this murder too? Listen and decide who you think did it. Identifying historical context allows us to demonstrate “historical empathy,” or the ability to understand the different attitudes from our past without judging them.
Otto Wood was born in the Dellaplane community of Wilkes County North Carolina. Spending most of his short life traveling cross country as a bootlegger, a bandit, and a fugitive. Also known as the Houdini of Cell Block A. As the song would later say, “He loved the women, he hated the law and he just wouldn't take nobody's jaw.”
The young Charles Manson and the Appalachian Mountain region. Where did he grow up? How did he grow up? His connections to Eastern Kentucky southern Ohio and West Virginia. Most know about the “Manson Family” and their crimes. Ever wonder about his first family? Scott has some stories and information.
Before there was Maranda and the notifications of a suspect or defendant Maranda rights there was Mary Jane Crowson. what did Mary Jane do, and when did it happen.? What did the North Carolina courts say about a murdering mother? Scott has the shade of blue story for you.
Clarence Bunch was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee on August 11, 1911, to Hugh and Mattie Bunch of the Bunchtown community. His photographs show him to have been a clean-cut young man, clean-shaven and with a pleasant look on his face. Looks can be deceiving.
The Gang's escapades started around 1933 when Bunch was involved in a bank robbery in Virginia...