THE LAST OF THE BIGHAMS: Being A True Story.
Florence, S.C. By the author, 1925. 1st Edition. Cloth. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #004566
1st edition, 1st printing. A Very Good copy. 12mo., 230 pp., illustrated with 4 b&w photographic plates. Bound in purple cloth, with the title on the spine and front board in gilt. The spine is sunned, causing the lettering on the spine to fade. Text pages very lightly age-toned. A Very Good copy. *** South Carolina tried Edmund Bigham three times in the 1920s for the murder of his mother (Dora), his brother (Smiley III), his sister (Mrs. Marjorie McCrackin), and his sister's two children. The last two trials were held at the present courthouse in Conway. No trial ever held in Horry County have generated more interest over a longer period. The trial lacked nothing one might ask in suspense and dramatic events. Bigham declared that officials and all who testified against him would die before he did. He said in court, "They've lied on me, and every one of them will die before I do." Following this one witness had a heart attack and died in the box. In all four would die before the end of the Bigham trials. ***.