15th out of 79 books — 12 voters
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Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher
by Bruce Orr (Goodreads Author)
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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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
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
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.
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.
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 ...more