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.
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