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Southern Fried True Crime

108 EpisodesProduced by Erica KelleyWebsite

Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.

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Wondery Presents GURU: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

July 1st, 2020


When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur …

Introducing Unfinished: Deep South

June 29th, 2020


The 1954 lynching of Isadore Banks is one of the nation’s oldest unsolved civil rights cases. Unfinished: Deep South is a new podcast opening the …

102: The Sinclair Murders

June 29th, 2020


In 1967, The Sinclair family in Auburn, Alabama had been stalked for over a year. A college kid named Edward Seibold had briefly dated the oldest …

101: The Preacher's Daughter

June 21st, 2020


In 1990, a 57 year old preacher’s wife and grandmother named Blanche Taylor Moore, went on trial for murdering her first husband. She was caught …

Wondery presents Murder in Hollywoodland

June 17th, 2020


It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was …

100: Small Town Hate: The Murder of Billy Jack Gaither

June 15th, 2020


In 1999, a gay man named Billy Jack Gaither was brutally murdered in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama. He wasn’t completely closeted, his siblings and friends knew, but his deeply religious parents did not. He was a …

99: Every Move You Make: Double Murderer--LC Underwood: Part 2

June 6th, 2020


In 1994, North Carolina detectives began investigating a former police officer named L.C. Underwood. He was connected to two murders, that at first, …

98: Every Move You Make: Double Murderer--LC Underwood: PART 1 of 2

June 1st, 2020


In 1994, North Carolina detectives began investigating a former police officer named L.C. Underwood. He was connected to two murders, that at first, …

Episode 1 of Fetal Abduction, hosted by Erica Kelley

May 27th, 2020


In this first episode, we tell the story of Margaret Sweeney, the first case of fetal abduction on record. We also discuss statistics and other information about fetal abductions as an introduction to this series. …

97: Abraham Shakespeare: Heart of Gold

May 24th, 2020


In 2006, a man named Abraham Shakespeare won Florida’s $31 Million Dollar Lottery. Poor and illiterate, Abraham took the lump sum pay out without any …

96: To Have & To Hold: The Kelley Cannon Story

May 16th, 2020


In 2008, a wealthy Nashville housewife and mother was spiraling with addiction. An injury had gotten her hooked on pain pills, and she was drinking …

Introducing: Fetal Abduction: A True Crime Podcast, hosted by Erica Kelley

May 8th, 2020


A fetal abduction is a crime where a newborn is cut from their mother's womb. These crude c-sections are particularly gruesome and often end in the …

95: Georgia Tann: Pedophile, Kidnapper & Inventor of Modern Adoption

May 4th, 2020


In 1926, a woman named Georgia Tann began running the Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. Soon, Georgia began selling babies and children on the black market, often out of state. And as demand for …

94: The Poisoner & The Undercover Detective

April 27th, 2020


In 1988, 41 year old mother, Peggy Carr, suddenly became very ill with mysterious symptoms. After she was hospitalized, doctors could not determine …

93: The Rape & Murder of Crystal Faye Todd

April 18th, 2020


In 1991, a high school senior named Crystal Faye Todd didn’t make it home for curfew. Her mother was frantic by 3:30am, calling 911. They told her …

92: The Clear Lake Murders

April 12th, 2020


In Clear Lake, Texas, in the fall of 2002, two beautiful girls decided to befriend an outcast. Christine Paolilla suffered from Alopecia, a condition …

91: The Sherry Murders, The Dixie Mafia & Corruption in Biloxi

April 6th, 2020


In 1987, a circuit court judge and his wife, a former city council woman, who wanted to be mayor, were murdered in their home in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was obviously a professional hit. Vincent Sherry was a former …

90: Fetal Abduction and The Murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett

March 29th, 2020


The town of Skidmore, Missouri is famous for the life and death of the town bully, Ken Rex McElroy. The tiny town of 500 people, grew even smaller as …

89: The Mayor's Wife: The Murder of Charlotte Waites

March 21st, 2020


In 1998, a beloved educator and wife of the interim mayor of Lanett, Alabama, was found brutally murdered in her home. Charlotte and Barry Waites were pillars of their community. Her murder shook the small town for …

88: Yeardley Love: The UVA Lacrosse Murder

March 15th, 2020


In 2010, an elite student and gifted athlete at the University of Virginia became the face of domestic abuse on college campuses. Yeardley Love …

87: The Murder of Tina Andrews: White Trash Justice

March 8th, 2020


In the summer of 1969, 12 year old Tina Andrews slipped out of the house to go meet up with some friends. As they walked home, they were offered a …

86: Another Narcissistic Family Annihilator: Michael Curry

February 29th, 2020


In 1985, another narcissistic family annihilator struck in Columbus, Georgia. Ann Johnson Curry was over eight months pregnant when she and her two …

85: The Murder of Ronda Morrison & The Framing of Walter McMillian

February 23rd, 2020


In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to tell another story of a wrongful conviction. But this one is even worse. It’s not a mis-identification, …

84: The Valentine's Day Black Widow: Stacey Schoeck

February 14th, 2020


Stacey Morgan Schoeck had been married four times before she met her fifth husband, Richard Schoeck. This time, she didn’t want a divorce.

Happy Valentine’s Day


83: The Rape of Jennifer Thompson, Wrongful Conviction of Ron Cotton & Their Enduring Legacy

February 9th, 2020


To start off Black History Month, I wanted to highlight an extremely moving and important case of the wrongful conviction of a black man. The rape of …

82: The Grisly Murders of Adam & Samantha Chrismer

February 1st, 2020


In 2002, a teen aged married couple, Adam and Samantha Chrismer, 17 and 16 years old, were brutally murdered in Johnson City, Tennessee. The man …

81: The Saga of Cullen & Priscilla Davis, Part 2

January 19th, 2020


In Part 2 of The Cullen and Priscilla Davis Saga, We dive into the FOUR trials Cullen faced. Not just for the mansion murders, but later, murder for …

8: #Justice4Andrew: The Suspicious Death of Andrew Lewis (remastered & updated)

January 18th, 2020


The Death of Andrew Lewis -- a beloved musician is shot. His ex-girlfriend was a witness. The shooter, Eli Miller, was her date and he had been …

80: The Saga of Cullen & Priscilla Davis, Part 1

January 11th, 2020


In 1976, a “mysterious man in black” would break into the home of Priscilla Davis. A huge mansion, ostentatious by all standards and still owned by …

79: Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

December 21st, 2019


In the summer of 1975, a scandalous romance between a 37 year old woman and 20 year old college student would not only shock the town of Jackson, …

78: Thanksgiving Triple Homicide: Youth Minister & Murderer: Christopher Gattis

November 23rd, 2019


On Thanksgiving night of 2017, a youth minister in Chester, Virginia did the unthinkable. After heavy drinking and arguments, he shot his family to death. Friends, family and the entire community were shocked. They …

77: Virginia's First "No Body" Conviction - The Murder of Gina Renee Hall

November 16th, 2019


In the summer of 1980, an eighteen year old college freshman went out for a night of dancing but never made it home. Gina Renee Hall was a beloved …

76: Coercive Control & Teen Domestic Violence: The Murder of Emma Jane Walker

November 8th, 2019


In November of 2016, a 16 year old girl from Knoxville, Tennessee was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Emma Jane Walker had been a victim of coercive …

75: The Vampire Rapist

October 31st, 2019


In 1985, a nineteen year old girl was picked up on a deserted road, handcuffed, shackled and ghostly pale. The story she told her rescuer and law …

74: Lavinia Fisher: Charleston's Woman in White

October 26th, 2019


One of Charleston’s most enduring legends and ghost stories is that of Lavinia Fisher. Her ghost is said to haunt the grounds of the Old City Jail, where she was imprisoned for a year, before being hanged with her …

73: Meth, Lies & Murder: The Redneck Ted Bundy

October 20th, 2019


In 2004, a man named John Paul Chapman was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, in Mobile, Alabama. Authorities soon …

72: Serial Killer & Rapist: Bobby Joe Long

October 13th, 2019


In 1984, a vicious sexual sadist was terrorizing the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. He preyed on sex workers, and other vulnerable women, murdering at …

71: The Tangled Web of Dr. Michelle Theer

October 5th, 2019


The public is fascinated by love triangles. Add in betrayal and murder and you’ve got the plot to a novel, a movie or a soap opera. People cannot get …

70--Double Murder-Suicide: The Crimes of Lieutenant Cory Sasser

September 30th, 2019


In 2010, a Georgia Glynn County police officer, Lieutenant Cory Sasser, was involved in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Though he was cleared of …

69: The Saga of Joan Robinson Hill, Dr. John Hill & Ash Robinson

September 22nd, 2019


In 1969, the mysterious death of a beautiful Houston socialite would captivate Texas. Soon it would become a national scandal. Joan Robinson Hill’s …

68: The Politician's Mistress - Angel Downs: Murder or Suicide?

September 12th, 2019


In May of 2010, the mistress of an Alabama County Commissioner was found shot to death in her driveway. It looked like suicide and Angel Downs did have a prior suicide attempt. But her boyfriend, Commissioner Stephen …

67: The Killing of FBI Informant Susan Daniels Smith

September 7th, 2019


In 1987, an ambitious rookie FBI agent came to Pikeville, Kentucky for his first posting out of the academy. He soon met a girl from the nearby …

66: Tex & Diane McIver: Accident or Murder?

August 30th, 2019


Late on a Sunday night in September of 2016, Atlanta power couple, Tex and Diane McIver, were driving back into the city and got caught in Atlanta’s notorious traffic. Diane’s best friend was driving as Diane rode in …

65: Double Murder on Robins Air Force Base

August 23rd, 2019


In the early morning hours after the 4th of July in 2004, A young couple was brutally stabbed to death on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. There was …

64: The Murder of Cheryl Fergeson & The Attempted Murder of Clarence Brandley by the State of Texas

August 18th, 2019


In 1980, a sixteen year old white girl named Cheryl Dee Fergeson was raped and murdered in a high school auditorium in Conroe, Texas. Suspicion …

62: The Rape & Murder of Katie Autry

August 2nd, 2019


In 2003, eighteen year old freshman, Katie Autry, was raped, beaten and set on fire in her dorm room at Western Kentucky University. Two suspects …

61: Mark Barton: Family Annihilator & Spree Killer

July 26th, 2019


In July of 1999, a day trader named Mark Barton went on a killing spree in Atlanta’s financial district. He murdered 9 people that day, wounding 13 …

60: Boney & Claude: Alvin and Judith Neelley

July 12th, 2019


In 1982, America got their own Ken and Barbie killers a decade before the Canadian couple, Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka horrified the world with …

59: OJ Simpson-- Southern Fried Trashy Divorces: A Crossover Episode

July 4th, 2019


Today is a very special cross over episode with my friends from Trashy Divorces. We are discussing the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, as …

58: Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders (Part 2)

June 28th, 2019


This is the conclusion to Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders. Within three months of each other, Bernice and Ben Novack Jr were brutally …

57: Miami Beach Royalty: The Novack Murders (Part 1)

June 21st, 2019


The history of the infamous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is fascinating. Mobsters, movie stars and and scandal helped the brilliant and ruthless hotelier Ben Novack Sr. propel his hotel onto the world stage, where …

56: Poisoning Patsy

June 14th, 2019


In October of 1987, a beautiful Texas socialite and businesswoman was poisoned with strychnine. It was in the bottle of NyQuil she often used to help …

55: The UpStairs Lounge Fire

June 6th, 2019


In 1973, a horrific fire killed 32 people in the gay bar, the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans. When city and state officials and the churches turned their backs on the victims and survivors of the tragedy, the gay …

54: The Black Widow of North Carolina: Barbara Stager

May 24th, 2019


Barbara Ford Stager is known as the Black Widow of North Carolina. She shot two husbands, ten years apart, as they lay sleeping in their marital …

53: The Disappearance & Murder of Jessica Dishon

May 17th, 2019


In 1999, a seventeen year old girl named Jessica Dishon was abducted out of her driveway in Shepherdsville, Kentucky as she was leaving for school. …

52: The Socialite & The Gardening Shears: The Murder of Idella Thompson

May 10th, 2019


In 1948, a Delta Mississippi socialite named Ruth Thompson Dickins, hacked her mother to death with gardening shears. She blamed the murder on a “negro” man she claimed attacked her as well. But a jury of 12 white men …

51: A Family Affair: The Heidt Double Murder Scandal

May 3rd, 2019


In August of 2008, the small town of Springfield, Georgia was shaken by a double murder in one of the town’s most prominent families. Soon, the full …

50: The Vanderbilt Rape Case

April 26th, 2019


In June of 2013, a 21 year old Vanderbilt student was gang raped in a dorm room by four football players. She was an unofficial hostess, one of the …

49: Serial Killer Larry Gene Bell, Part 2

April 20th, 2019


In June of 1985, residents of the Midland area of South Carolina were frozen in fear. Two girls were kidnapped and murdered and the sadistic man …

48: Serial Killer Larry Gene Bell, Part 1

April 12th, 2019


In June of 1985, residents of the Midland area of South Carolina were frozen in fear. Two girls were kidnapped and murdered and the sadistic man …

47: The Life, Death & Legacy of Johnia Berry

April 5th, 2019


In December of 2004, a beautiful young graduate student was brutally stabbed in her apartment. Her roommate was also attacked. He ran to a …

46: Patricide, thy name is Marie

March 28th, 2019


My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn? Forgive me my foul murder?

These words, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, spurred a …

45: The Murder of Shelby Wilkie

March 22nd, 2019


On New Year’s day of 2012, 38 year old Shelby Wilkie went missing. She left behind her three month old daughter. Shelby had been planning to leave …

44: The Wooded Rapist: Robert Jason Burdick

March 17th, 2019


From 1994 to 2008, a serial predator terrorized the Greater Nashville area. The Wooded Rapist moved like a ghost, through rainy nights, under the …

43: Hostage Stand-off: The Murder of Mandy Leigh Williams

March 8th, 2019


In 2003, a domestic violence case ended in a hostage stand-off at a Bi-Lo grocery store in Greenville, South Carolina. A young mother lost her life …

42: The Deputy & The Body Builder: Tracy Fortson & Doug Benton

February 28th, 2019


In the year 2000, Tracy Fortson was the first female deputy at the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia. She filed a sexual harassment claim against the department and then her boyfriend went missing. His …

41: The Unresolved Slayings of Gary & Stephanie Gillette

February 22nd, 2019


Just before Christmas of 1985, a Corpus Christi couple was brutally slain with a hatchet and knife as they slept in their home. A local policeman was …

40: The Bitter Blood Murders: Susie Newsom Lynch & Fritz Klenner

February 16th, 2019


Known as the “Bitter Blood Murders,” in 1985, first cousins and lovers, Susie Newsom Lynch and Fritz Klenner led police and SBI on a chase that ended …

39: Catfishing in Mountain City, TN: The Facebook Murders

February 8th, 2019


In a tiny town in Tennessee, a young couple are brutally shot, execution style in their home. Their infant son was still cradled in his dead mother’s …

38: Officer Davina Buff Jones: Murder & Cover Up on Bald Head Island

January 31st, 2019


In 1999, a dedicated rookie police officer on the luxury island of Bald Head, North Carolina, is shot in the back of the head while on duty. …

37: The Stalking & Murder of Heather Palumbo-Jones

January 10th, 2019


A young mother goes on a personal journey and leaves her deadbeat husband. He couldn’t let that happen. And the press disgustingly blamed her for it.

Update: Clemency for Cyntoia Brown

January 8th, 2019


Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today. To hear Cyntoia's story, check out episode 9 #freeCyntoiaBrown: A Minor Facing Life in Prison.

Sources for the original episode on Cyntoia's …

36: Christmas Eve at Drama Club: The Murder of Robert LeCompte

December 24th, 2018


The Christmas Eve murder of a beloved bartender and manager of a gay nightclub in Houma, Louisiana. Hate crime or robbery? Or maybe both.


35: Santa Claus, Georgia: The Daniels Family Murders

December 15th, 2018


In 1997, in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Georgia, a former foster child returned to the loving family who had taken him in. Jerry Scott Heidler destroyed their family and almost destroyed the “town who loves children.”

34: The Execution of Sara Ambrusko Tokars

November 29th, 2018


In 1992, A young mother in Atlanta was in a loveless marriage. Her husband was a criminal. She wanted to leave, but he had too many legal connections …

33: An Inconvenient Woman- Athalia Ponsell Lindsley

November 16th, 2018


In 1974, a feisty, outspoken woman in St. Augustine, FL became embroiled in a ridiculous feud with her neighbors, one that went public and turned …

32: The Corpsewood Manor Murders

October 31st, 2018


Corpsewood Manor in Northern Georgia is an infamous haunted tourist attraction. And many believe it is cursed. Either by the ghosts of the men murdered there, or by a more mysterious and evil entity.


31: Justice Denied: The Horrific Murder of Brenda Schaefer

October 18th, 2018


Double jeopardy protects our citizens from malicious prosecution. But every now and then, the good guys lose. And the bad guy benefits from this protection we all enjoy. The Brenda Schaefer case is an extreme example of …

30: Down Came The Rain: The Disappearance of Crystal McDowell

October 4th, 2018


In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the gulf coast and a beautiful mother of two vanishes. In the days that followed, Baytown, …

29: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald, Park 2

September 12th, 2018


The conclusion to the Narcissistic Family Annihilator, Jeffrey MacDonald. MacDonald is a brutal and cold murderer that destroyed his family to save …

28: The Family Annihilator: Jeffrey MacDonald: Part 1

September 9th, 2018


There are some murders that are so intrinsically shocking that we all become obsessed. Known as the family annihilator, these horrific cases dominate our news and social media. This is the historic case of one of the …

27: Murder in the Ozarks- Cocaine & Cover Up

September 3rd, 2018


The 1980’s were the beginning of a sea change in politics and drug culture in the United States. Listen to this tale of how a cocaine, corruption, a …

Interview with author Laura Lippman

July 31st, 2018


Bonus Episode-- an interview with acclaimed thriller novelist, Laura Lippman. Her modern noir novel, Sunburn, comes out in paperback today!
Twitter: …

25: The Suspicious Death of Lauren Agee on Center Hill Lake

July 19th, 2018


Lauren Agee went to Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tennessee with some "friends" to attend the annual wake-boarding tournament known as WakeFest. They were camping on a steep cliff, 90 feet above the water. She …

Interview with Author & Serial Killer Expert, Dr. Peter Vronsky

July 11th, 2018


I had a wonderful chat with Dr. Peter Vronsky, author, historian and serial killer expert. He came on the show to discuss his new book, Sons of Cain: …

Interview with Author & Historian, Patrick Bowmaster

July 6th, 2018


I had a lovely chat with author and historian, Patrick Bowmaster, about his ebook "What the Little Dog Witnessed." He was kind enough to talk to me about his research as well as how he went about getting it published.

22: The Reckoning: The Trials of Perry March (Janet Levine March Part 3)

May 29th, 2018


The Reckoning: The Trials of Perry March is the conclusion to the Janet Levine March series. It took ten years to get Perry March to justice, and he didn’t go down alone.


21: All Out War: The Investigation (Janet Levine March, Part 2)

May 22nd, 2018


The investigation into the disappearance of Janet Levine March was going cold, but the war between Perry March and the Levines was about to explode. …

20: The Disappearance of Janet Levine March (Part 1)

May 18th, 2018


A beautiful young artist, mother and wealthy native of Nashville goes missing. (Part 1 of 3)


Interview with Author Karin Slaughter

May 9th, 2018


We're shaking things up this week on Southern Fried! Join me as I chat with international best-selling author, Karin Slaughter. She is a critically acclaimed and much beloved crime writer known for her gripping page …

18: Cold Cold Heart: Murderess Shelly Michael (Part 2)

April 4th, 2018


The story of Shelly Michael, former cheerleader, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I …

17: Cold Cold Heart: Murderess Shelly Michael (Part 1)

March 31st, 2018


The story of Shelly Michael, wife, mother, stepmother, nurse practitioner and murderer could not be contained in one episode. I hope you enjoy part …

16: The Depravity of Christa Pike

March 14th, 2018


An 18 year old girl tortures and kills another teenager and is sentenced to death. Does she belong on Death Row? You decide. 


15: The Wrongful Conviction of Willie Grimes

February 28th, 2018


In 1987, Willie Grimes is accused of the rape of an elderly white woman. He has an alibi and there is no physical evidence. And yet he is still taken …

14: The Babysitter Murder: Scandal in Music City

February 23rd, 2018


The murder of an 18 year old girl, the mayor, a cover up and the 20 year investigation that blew the lid off.


13: Burning Love: The Accomack County Arsonists

February 14th, 2018


For five months, beginning in November of 2012, a pair of arsonists would terrorize Accomack County, Virginia, setting more than 80 fires. This is a …

12: The Murder of PFC Barry Winchell: Casualty & Martyr of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

February 7th, 2018


In 1999, PFC Barry Winchell was beaten to death in his bed in the barracks of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had been harassed and abused for months over his relationship with a transgender show girl named Calpernia …

11: Decatur Justice: The Rape & Murder of Karen Tipton

January 31st, 2018


In 1999, Karen Tipton was murdered in the small town of Decatur, Alabama. A biased judge, ruthless defense attorneys and unethical media coverage …

10: Three Billboards Outside Vidor, Texas: The Murder of Kathy Page

January 22nd, 2018


In 1991, a young mother is murdered. Small town cops have their suspect almost immediately. But they do not arrest. Years pass, and Kathy Page's father started a billboard campaign calling out her ex-husband as the …

9: #FreeCyntoiaBrown: A Minor Facing Life in Prison

January 10th, 2018


Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she committed murder. But it isn’t as simple as that. She was also a rape victim, pimped out and had been …

7: The Kentucky Bordello Murders - Part Two

December 6th, 2017


A scandalous double murder in a small Kentucky town notorious for police corruption. Will there be justice?


6: The Kentucky Bordello Murders - Part One

November 29th, 2017


A scandalous double murder in a small military town with a long history of corruption plays out like a hillbilly soap opera in the national spotlight.


4: The Third Time's the Charm: The Trials of Tim Hennis

November 8th, 2017


A young mother and her two daughters are brutally murdered. A man is accused. It takes 20 years and three trials. Was justice finally served? Legal …

3: The Ballad of Zack and Addie Part Two

October 31st, 2017


The tragic conclusion to The Ballad of Zack and Addie: the murder/suicide of Addie Hall and Zack Bowen in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Voice Actors: Brandon Hawkins as Zack Bowen and Jamie Stevens as Lana Shupack


2: The Ballad of Zack & Addie: Part One

October 27th, 2017


A hurricane, a troubled young veteran and a volatile but mesmerizing poet...set for a collision course that would shake the unshakable city of New …

1: A Murder in Brentwood: Dr. Rachael Maidens

October 18th, 2017


a scandalous murder in one of the richest towns in Tennessee.


Voice Actors: Kayla C. as the bartender, Bethany T. as the ex-girlfriend, Kayla K. as …


May 29th, 2017


Each week, your host, Erica, will be serving up a southern fried true crime dish for your earbuds. Both historical and contemporary cases, Erica will be exploring dark stories from the Deep South.

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