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Southern Mysteries Classics: The Widow of Hazel Green

This 2020 episode is one of the most popular in the Southern Mysteries archive. It tells the story of Elizabeth Dale. Between the 1830s and 1850s, she was married and widowed, six times. Each husband died following a mysterious illness. When Elizabeth’s neighbor accused her of murdering her husbands, he learned that questioning Elizabeth could cost you your life.

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Elizabeth Evans Dale Gibbons Flanagan Jeffries High Brown Routt
Uprooted headstones in plantation graveyard in Hazel Green Photo: Lowranzy Whitt (2004)
Singer/Songwriter Shane Adkins lives in Hazel Green. Watch Shane’s performance of “One Mile East of Hazel Green”, a song about the Widow of Hazel Green. Learn more about Shane’s music here

Episode Sources

Elizabeth High-Brown-Routt: Hazel Green’s First Serial Killer, Memories of Madison County.

Elizabeth Evans Dale. Huntsville History Collection

Federal Writers Project (2013). The WPA Guide to Alabama: The Camellia State. Retrieved from

“Attempt to Convict Based On The Testimony Of A Monomaniac”. Nashville Daily Patriot. [volume], January 22, 1856, Image 2

Dead Husbands Tell No Tales“. Okay, Listen Here. 27 October 2010

“Elizabeth Routt: Did She Murder Her Six Husbands Or Was She a Victim of Misfortune?” Huntsville Times. 26 February 1976

Carrington, Virgil. True Tales of Old Madison County, (1992). Johnson Historical Publications


Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use. Plantation by Audionautix Licensed Under Creative Commons.

One Mile East of Hazel Green by Shane Adkins, from performance at Von Braun Center, Huntsville Alabama on June 7th, 2014 as part of Jim Parker‘s Songwriter Series