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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 OlIn 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 Old City Jail. Yet there still may be more sinister deeds left unpunished, an overzealous sheriff, corrupt officials and documents only recently discovered all suggest that there is more to the tale. Orr uncovers the mysteries and debunks the myths behind the infamous legend of the nation's first convicted female serial killer....

Title : Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher
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ISBN : 9781609491178
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 125 Pages
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Six Miles to Charleston: The True Story of John and Lavinia Fisher Reviews

  • Michele
    2019-02-14 17:07

    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.

  • Diane
    2019-02-01 20:17

    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 could carry the death penalty, which is exactly what happened in this case. John and Lavinia Fisher were convicted and sentenced to death along with their associate, William Heyward. Orr makes a compelling case against the Fishers committing any murders. There were only two bodies found and there was nothing to tie them to the Fishers. However, Orr fails to convince me that the Fishers are therefore innocent of the robberies that led to their executions. His complicated conspiracy stories revolving around land ownership simply do not seem plausible. He also leaps to conclusions that have either a very weak basis or no basis at all. For me the most surprising reason (for Orr) regarding the Fishers' innocence is - because they said they were! That's right. The Fishers said they were innocent, so they must be just that. Seriously? "Why would anyone convicted to die, knowing it was inevitable, not admit to what they had done?"I'm going to assume here that Orr has not run across many stories of death row inmates lying about their innocence right up to the very end. Roger Keith Coleman, a coal miner from Grundy, VA, raped and brutally murdered his sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. He then proceeded to lie about it for years all the way up to his execution. It took two separate DNA tests showing his guilt beyond a doubt before the matter could be laid to rest. Another example is Texas killer Ricky McGinn, convicted of the rape and murder of his stepdaughter. He insisted he was innocent - even after DNA linked him to her murder and two other previously unsolved murders. Just because someone says they're innocent does not mean they are!Overall, this was an interesting read until Orr went off on an unconvincing crusade to exonerate the Fishers. He did manage to dispel some of the myths, though, like Lavinia being hanged in her wedding dress. However, I think are better sources for the story out there.

  • Kayla
    2019-02-03 14:55

    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.

  • Roslyn Torella
    2019-02-21 16:02

    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
    2019-02-08 20:17

    This book is confusing as hell and the editors should be embarrassed. I have absolutely no idea what it's even talking about.

  • Tina Russo Kinney
    2019-01-30 14:18

    Have you ever read a book in one sitting? I did! It was this book. Granted, the book is not exceedingly long at 125 pages, but the content was so engaging.When I first moved to Charleston, South Carolina six years ago, one of the first things I learned about was the legend of Lavinia Fisher. Some claim Lavinia Fisher and her husband John Fisher were convicted mass murderers, making Lavinia the first female serial killer in the United States. Legend has it, John and Lavinia owned an inn just six miles north of Charleston. When someone would stop there on their way in or out of town, Lavinia would invite them to tea and ask questions to determine if the guest had anything of value on them and if they would be missed should they not turn up at the next destination. If the visitor fit the bill, Lavinia would poison them with tea. Once the guest was asleep in their hotel room, Lavinia would sneak into the room, pull a lever, and the unsuspecting guest would fall into the basement pit, allegedly full of spikes. John Fisher would then dismember the body while Lavinia robbed them of their belongings.The legend goes on to say there was one man who escaped (he did not care for tea and poured it in a plant) and made it into Charleston where he alerted authorities to the gruesome crimes taking place just outside of Charleston. John and Lavinia Fisher were arrested and brought to the Old City Jail. The couple was then sentenced to hang for their crimes. The beautiful Lavinia is rumored to have worn her wedding gown to the gallows where she hoped after her husband was hung, she would find a suitor to marry her and save her from death. When one such man did not appear, her final words were “If you have a message for the devil, give it to me and I shall take it to him.”It’s quite the story, don’t you think? Since her hanging in 1820, locals and tourists alike, claim to see the ghost of Lavinia, roaming Charleston in her wedding gown.So why does this book exist? Well, there is a lot wrong with the legend, and so Bruce Orr, a Charleston local, set out to find the truth on Lavinia Fisher. As exciting as the legend is, much of the story is not true. The facts however, are quite engaging and interesting; so much so, I could not put the book down. It involves a highway gang, a president of the United States, a drunken jailer, a disagreeable sheriff, corrupt local government, and some other unsavory characters from historic Charleston. As sad as it is to find out the legend told to thousands of tourists each year is not the exact truth, the discovery of the truth in this book is even more exciting than the legend.I originally picked up this book as a point of research for a historical fiction project I am writing, only to discover a well written, engaging, true story anyone who has ever lived in or visited Charleston needs to read!

  • Brian Wisti
    2019-02-04 16:13

    Fascinating history marred by poor editingThe story of John and Lavinia Fisher seems much different than the legend. More interesting, too. Maybe not serial killers, but instead victims of corrupt local politics. The details kept fascinating me more as I read. The writing could be more disciplined — it wandered from the point several times — but the historical details stuck in my head more than the style. I’d probably mention this book to anyone who brought up Lavinia Fisher.

  • Caro Newell
    2019-01-26 18:04

    This book is a mess. The story is all over the place, constantly asking the reader if they remember information from a previous chapter or stating that there will be more on this subject later in the book. The writing itself struggles as well with sentences left incomplete and descriptions like “six feet tall, tall” which made it difficult to stay in the story. I’m only giving it two stars because I find the subject matter interesting but I certainly hope there are better accounts out there.

  • Carrie
    2019-02-12 19:02

    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 must-read, but if you are looking for a crime book or an easy afternoon read, this isn't it.

  • Jaimie Duplain
    2019-02-15 12:11

    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!

  • Melrose
    2019-02-22 19:00

    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.

  • Heather Truckenmiller
    2019-02-01 20:09

    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.

  • Celeste
    2019-01-24 18:19

    My favorite Charleston ghost story debunked. It's like finding out there is no santa claus.

  • Beth
    2019-01-25 17:56

    Start at chapter 4 when re-starting.

  • Scarlett Jones
    2019-01-28 16:58

    Lots of historical documents from the time line of the case, interesting.