In 1833 Frankie Silver was hanged in Morganton, North Carolina for the gruesome ax murder of her husband Charlie Silver in their mountain home in Kona, North Carolina. The story of the murder has lived on for generations through the southern murder ballad of Frankie Silver. Ballads keep tragic stories of the past alive. But does the song tell the whole story? Did Frankie Silver really kill her husband in cold blood?
WATCH The Ballad of Frankie Silver explores the case through the singing and stories of Bobby McMillon, the Silver family historian and former North Carolina Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gray.
Additional Music: “Dreams Become Real”, “Ossuary 6-Air”, “Heavy Heart”, “Magic Forest” and “Long Note Two” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed Under Creative Commons. “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” by Byrd Moore and His Hot Shots