Make your own free website on


Column: Ghoulies and Ghosties of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey Stories
New York Stories
Reviews: Books, Music, Products
Recommends Writers @
True Crime Stories
Crime Fiction
My Funny Friends
Weird Stories
Submissions Guidelines
Doris Lane
True Crime Stories

Real Life Tales of Murder and Mayhem

The Harps, Big and Little

By Doris Lane

The story of America's first known serial killers. Big Harp confessed before dying in 1798 to 20 murders, probably not counting the babies. Estimates are as high as 40, but usually around 30. After two killings, one in Knox County and one on the Wilderness Trail, the Harps left Tennessee in December 1798 for Kentucky, where they killed two traveling men from Maryland. The Harps liked to gut their victims and fill the stomach cavities with rocks to weight them down so they'd sink in a river.

The Harps, Big and Little (Click)

Enter content here

Enter content here

Enter supporting content here