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On Christmas day, 1929 a rural North Carolina tobacco farmer brutally murdered six of his children, his wife and then killed himself. The horrific crime made the front page of the New York Times. It inspired a hit record and would conjure up rumor and speculation for generations to come. Some say Charlie Lawson just snapped while others believe it may have been centered around a troubled heart. But as brutal and bizarre as the murders were, what followed the funeral has become the stuff of legend. The crime scene became a tourist attraction with bloody photographs being sold as souvenirs. Deadly Secrets, The Lawson Family Murder delves deep into the events ─ with recently discovered interviews from people who were there that day ─ in hopes of finding answers to this 90-year-old murder mystery.

Deadly Secrets: The Lawson Family Murder FOX8 WGHP-TV

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 408 Ratings

On Christmas day, 1929 a rural North Carolina tobacco farmer brutally murdered six of his children, his wife and then killed himself. The horrific crime made the front page of the New York Times. It inspired a hit record and would conjure up rumor and speculation for generations to come. Some say Charlie Lawson just snapped while others believe it may have been centered around a troubled heart. But as brutal and bizarre as the murders were, what followed the funeral has become the stuff of legend. The crime scene became a tourist attraction with bloody photographs being sold as souvenirs. Deadly Secrets, The Lawson Family Murder delves deep into the events ─ with recently discovered interviews from people who were there that day ─ in hopes of finding answers to this 90-year-old murder mystery.

    Introducing 57 Shots in 90 Seconds: The Carroll County Courthouse Shootout

    Introducing 57 Shots in 90 Seconds: The Carroll County Courthouse Shootout

    Fifty-seven shots in ninety seconds, five people dead, seven others wounded and it all happened inside a courtroom on a cold March day in 1912.

    • 5 min
    Introducing Murder in Pilot Mountain: A 40 Year Mystery

    Introducing Murder in Pilot Mountain: A 40 Year Mystery

    On August 26, 1980, 14-year-old Ronda Blaylock disappeared shortly after leaving her high school. In the days to follow, her family and friends searched for her in the area of her hometown in Rural Hall, North Carolina, hoping to bring her home alive.

    • 6 min
    The Hauntings

    The Hauntings

    Today people are flocking sixteen miles away from the crime scene to the former funeral home that prepared the Lawson family for burial.

    • 20 min
    Those Left Behind

    Those Left Behind

    The curious began to descend on the Lawson's tobacco farm and sightseers were known to steal pieces of the property as souvenirs

    • 21 min
    Christmas Day 1929

    Christmas Day 1929

    Why did a poor North Carolina tobacco farmer kill his wife, six of his kids and himself on Christmas Day, 1929?

    • 17 min
    Introducing Deadly Secrets: The Lawson Family Murder

    Introducing Deadly Secrets: The Lawson Family Murder

    On Christmas day, 1929 a rural North Carolina tobacco farmer brutally murdered six of his children, his wife and then killed himself, the question remains, why?

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
408 Ratings

408 Ratings

gingermurme ,

Very well done for a well known story

It’s challenging to cover a story that is well known because the errors stand out and the missing parts are glaring. Chad Tucker does not disappoint. Recovered interviews and history mix to give a full robust retelling of a story that many of us know by heart.
For those asking, James Arthur “Buck” Lawson, the surviving member of the family, died in a car accident 15 years later. He struggled with alcoholism for many year. His wife, Nina (who was a stokes county native) and their 4 children moved to California after his death to start over.

Tripproxie ,

Still have questions

Interesting story. Wanted to know what happened to the son left alive.
Great story telling

TildaJean ,

Had to stop listening

It’s just that poorly done.

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