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Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher (Murder & Mayhem)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In 1819, a young man outwitted death at the hands of John and Lavinia Fisher and sparked the hunt for Charleston's most notorious serial killers. Former homicide investigator Bruce Orr follows the story of the Fishers, from the initial police raid on their Six Mile Inn with its reportedly grisly cellar to the murderous couple's incarceration and execution at the squalid Ol ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by History Press (SC)
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Sep 09, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book expecting more of a ghost story, not an attempt to rehabilitate the Fishers' memory. Orr paints an interesting picture of the early America in 1819-1820 - the land was still wild and life was very uncertain. John and Lavinia Fisher ran an inn, which catered to weary travelers on the outskirts of Charleston, SC. After two travelers, David Ross and John Peoples, were robbed, the Fishers and their associates were implicated in the crimes. Robbery was a very serious charge that ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Kayla rated it it was ok
I give it three stars because of the amount of work that went into research of this book. It’s hard to argue with the facts that Orr presents in defense of both John and Lavinia Fisher. By the end of the book I found myself feeling for the couple and what was done to them so long ago. What I didn't enjoy about the book was just how clinical it felt. Though learning a lot about our past, I had to force myself to finish the book.
Oct 10, 2015 Michele rated it it was ok
This book sounded interesting so I bought it. It was one of the worst written books I have ever read. Where was the editor? Random people introduced every chapter. I think the author knew his writing was confusing because he would say 'Remember in Chapter 3 blah blah blah??" That was so irritating. Thankfully this book was short. The pictures were also somewhat interesting.
Roslyn Torella
Aug 27, 2012 Roslyn Torella rated it it was amazing
If you ever take a tour in Charleston, SC you will likely hear the tale of John and Lavinia Fisher a pair murderous innkeepers. Not only does this book debunk the tale but it also gives the reader an insight to early American "justice". This is a quick and must read for those who love history and crime stories. The book is well researched.
Ava Strange
Feb 29, 2016 Ava Strange rated it did not like it
This book is confusing as hell and the editors should be embarrassed. I have absolutely no idea what it's even talking about.
Sep 26, 2014 Carrie rated it liked it
This is a frustrating book. On the one hand, the story is fascinating and it seems well-researched (hence the 3 stars). On the other hand, the writing is terrible. The flow is confusing and people you've never heard of before get introduced into paragraphs seemingly at random. There are a lot of photos inside that don't lend anything to the book (one wonders if they were placed there to make it seem longer as it is only 122 pages). If you are interested in Charleston history, it is probably a mu ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Melrose rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book. I think the author does a good job of reviewing the actual accounts of the incidents involved and piecing together what really happened. It shows how history can be twisted by the lapse of time, fictionalized accounts, and word of mouth. Also, I don't remember if the author makes this point, but I think the legend /ghost story version is more sensational than real life, so people are more interested in that and it gets repeated through time. The reason I only gav ...more
Heather Truckenmiller
Dec 31, 2014 Heather Truckenmiller rated it really liked it
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I'm not sure why they bother with the ghost story, the real story is much more fascinating. The author is inexperienced & could have benefited from a better editor, but his obvious research made it a good read nonetheless.
Jaimie Duplain
Oct 03, 2012 Jaimie Duplain rated it liked it
Started a little slow but it picked up. Sad how some folks acted back.then over land and what lengths they went to to get land. If you like history then this is definitely a read for you. This couple had suck devotion to each other!
Apr 26, 2013 Celeste rated it really liked it
My favorite Charleston ghost story debunked. It's like finding out there is no santa claus.
Jul 31, 2011 Beth marked it as unfinished
Start at chapter 4 when re-starting.
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Bruce Orr is a retired criminal investigator turned author.After retiring Mr. Orr combined his love for investigation and research with his love for history and writing. As a hobby he began researching local Lowcountry legends and as a result of that endeavor signed with The History Press Publishing Company. His first book, "Six Miles to Charleston" is an in-depth look at the facts behind the lege
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