The Felon File

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 25m. Bisher sind 218 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 21 hours 21 minutes


episode 15: 8-15. The catchable but not fetchable Moonshiner


When you think of the Appalachian moonshiner, you picture the old Mountaineer with a long beard and floppy hat. A shotgun was close at hand. The old man toiling over a large copper still somewhere in the mountain backwoods. There is a reason we shouldn’t stereotype people. Looks can be very deceiving.  As this shade of blue story shows.



 2022-08-21  25m

episode 16: 8-16 The Klan vs. the Bootlegger Gangs.

8-16 The Klan vs. the Bootlegger Gangs. 

The Klan Bootlegger war of 1920.   Who won and why.   What happened after the fighting was over. Or did it never stop?

Scott has the story and some answers. 

On line 8-20-2022 @ 7 PM EST

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 2022-08-28  37m

episode 17: 8-17. 1886 Hanging of Andrew Jackson Lambert

8-17. 1886 Hanging of Andrew Jackson Lambert

In 1884 on a cold December mountain night, someone killed a Federal revenue Agent.  Was it the bootlegger or the miner?   The trail led to Andrew Jackson Lambert. Was he hung? The 1886 trial produced several different versions of what happened. Did his family produce a miracle and revive the defendant after the hanging?

Did he survive? Scott has the shade of blue story, telling what and why.



 2022-09-04  46m

episode 18: 8-18 A History of NC Prisons

8-18 A History of NC Prisons. History and individuals who served time, or escaped, got caught or didn't get caught, and how they lived while incarcerated. On line on 9-10-2022 @ 7pm .  Also found on your favorite Podcast Platform        --- Send in a voice message:


 2022-09-11  30m

episode 19: 8-19. 1852 A Hanging in Haywood

8-19.  1852 A Hanging in Haywood

The Trail and punishment of David Mason.  Charged with murdering his wife.  Did he do it?

  In the mass of on-lookers, a future Governor of the State of NC. What was his perspective? What did other observers think?

On line on 9-17-2022 @ 7 pm.

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 2022-09-18  30m

episode 20: 8-20. Sept 1900, "Hanged" Twice

8-20. Sept 1900," Hanged" Twice September 28, 1900.  North Carolina. One murder, one defendant, two hangings --- Send in a voice message:


 2022-09-25  31m

episode 21: 8-21. Mistaken Identy

8-21 Cases of mistaken identity.

Mistaken identity, in general, is not a big deal. But in cases that depend on the identification of a person, determining a person's liability, responsibility, and even freedom is very serious. What is better for a criminal investigation physical evidence? Or an eyewitness? Scott discusses some of these issues today.

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 2022-10-09  24m

episode 22: 8-22. Clinton Smith, 1996 Kool-Aid killer?

8-22. Clinton Smith, 1996 Kool-Aid killer?

Clinton Smith was sentenced to death over 26 years ago in Halifax County, North Carolina. He was tried for killing his 6-year-old daughter, Brittany, with pesticide-laced Kool-Aid in 1996.  Brittany’s brother and sister survived. He has denied poisoning the children...


 2022-10-16  35m

episode 23: Episode 8-23 Black Widow Poison!

Episode 8-23 Black Widow Poison! 

Was it love or murder?  Not once but twice.

Black Widow, Slang for A woman who kills her husband or lover, especially one who kills multiple husbands or lovers.

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 2022-10-23  26m

episode 24: The sheriff called Jessie James (8-25)

8- 25. JESSE JAMES BAILEY- lawman extraordinaire who served as sheriff of two different North Carolina Countries in the 1920s. 

Former Detective for Southern Railway, a celebrated humorist and storyteller, and a feared moonshine still wrecker. Bailey worked in several capacities for the railroad for 52 years until his retirement at age 70 in 1958...


 2022-11-06  40m