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Episode 37: Connie Franklin Ghost of the Ozarks

In 1929, five men in Stone County, Arkansas were charged in the murder of Connie Franklin. There would be many twists and the turns in the case. But the biggest twist came when a man claiming to be Connie came forward to testify at his own murder trial.

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Connie Franklin (Left) and Tiller Ruminer (right)

Learn more about this story

READ  Ghosts of the Ozarks by Brooks Blevins, a historian and professor who teaches courses on Ozarks history, culture and literature.

LISTEN Brooks Blevins shares about Ghost of the Ozarks in this episode of Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Podcast

Crowd at the Connie Franklin trial at the courthouse in Mountain View (Stone County); December 17, 1929.

Music
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Additional Music: “Dreams Become Real”, “Ambient”, “Anguish”, “Heavy Heart”, “Osuary -6”, by Kevin MacLeod.  “I am a man who will fight for your honor” by Chris Zabriskie, “Last Train” by Dan Lebowitz All music Licensed Under Creative Commons.Jimmy Smith plays harmonica and guitar on this recording of “Mountain Blues”, dating from March 31, 1926. From the original 78rpm disk.

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