Tag: alabama

The Vanishing Of Orion Williamson, Selma AL.

Is the tale of Alabama’s most famous disappearance true? You decide. One hot July afternoon in 1854, a farmer named Orion Williamson – or other names, depending on the version – was walking on his farm near Selma. Reportedly, Williamson’s wife and family were on the front porch of the farmhouse. Then, neighbors passed by and waved to Williamson, who was walking in ankle-deep grass. Orion waved back before vanishing right before the eyes of […]

Huggin’ Molly, Abbeville

For mothers wanting their children to hurry home at dark, the legend of the witch-like Huggin’ Molly was a helper. For children, she was downright frightening. Legend claims a phantom woman would appear to children, but only at night. She would squeeze them tightly, then scream in their ears. She never harmed them, other than perhaps causing some ringing in their ears. The figure was as much as 7 feet tall, wearing dark clothing and […]

Hell’s Gate, Oxford Al.

An abandoned bridge on Old Boiling Springs Road earned its unusual and spooky name this way: Legend says if you stop on the bridge and turn around, the road behind resembles fiery gates of Hell. According to OxfordParanormalSociety.com, the bridge is haunted. “Many years ago a young couple lost their lives on this bridge. On a dark night, if you stop on the bridge and turn off all the lights, a member of the dead couple […]

Witch in the Woods, Gadsden

Those who walk along the wooded Hinds Road in Gadsden are likely to run across a woman who is said to have “sold her soul to the devil,” according to HauntedPlaces.org. Legend says the woman was a witch who lived in a shack deep in the woods and “her evil soul still lingers on to frighten and bedevil the good folk of Alabama.”

Mont Highley Cold Case

The night after Thanksgiving 2003, Mont Highley IV, a 33 year old white male went missing in the small rural community of Milstead in Macon County, Alabama. Highley, the only son of a prominent doctor in Alabama capitol was last heard from Friday November 28th, 2003 when he arrived at a hunting trailer early. He was expected to meet his father at the hunting trailer that next morning on Saturday November 29th; only that never […]

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

In 1932, the United States Public Health Service and Tuskegee Institute began the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male to record the natural history of syphilis and analyze differences between black and white men. The study involved 600 black men in Macon County, Alabama, 399 of whom had contracted syphilis and 201 of whom had not. It was supposed to last only 6 months, but would go on for 40 years, during […]

Brutal Murder in Bibb Town

The State’s evidence tended to show the following.   On February 24, 1995, Tallapoosa police discovered the charred body of Kimberly Brooks rolled in a carpet;  the carpet was lying beside a dirt road in Bibb Town. The coroner testified that Brooks had been shot in the head and the stomach and that there was soot in her lungs and trachea;  he testified that she died of the “shots to the head [and] the chest […]