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Deadly Secrets: The Lawson Family Murder

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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.

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.
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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.

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Those Left Behind

1/22/2020
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After Charlie Lawson killed seven members of his family and then himself on Christmas Day, 1929 the story began to spread, making headlines around the country. The curious began to descend on the Lawson's tobacco farm and sightseers were known to steal pieces of the property as souvenirs. To control the crowds, and save the farm for the sole surviving son, the family opened it up as a tourist attraction. The gruesome story also made its way into the music world as a hit ballad record in 1930...

Duration:00:21:33

Christmas Day 1929

1/15/2020
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Why did a poor North Carolina tobacco farmer kill his wife, six of his kids and himself on Christmas Day, 1929? Despite 90 years of rumors and speculations some family members say they know what was on the heart and mind of Charlie Lawson. Thanks to some recently discovered interviews you'll hear the voices of people who were there that day and those who've kept family secrets for decades

Duration:00:17:46

Introducing Deadly Secrets: The Lawson Family Murder

1/1/2020
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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...

Duration:00:04:13