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This Just Might Be The Most Chilling Murder To Take Place In North Carolina

Outside of Germanton, on a Christmas evening in 1929, Charlie Lawson paced in furious circles around a tree located deep within a thicket of forest. He held a shotgun and his feet left imprints in the fresh snow. A crowd gathered at the house, distant screams and cries heard when they arrived at the Lawson’s, and one of the most atrocious murder-suicides in North Carolina history.

Have you heard about the Lawson family murder? Do you have your own theory you want to share?

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on