Historian Herman Melton Pens Book on Famous Criminal Cases

From staff reports, the Star-Tribune, Chatham, Virginia.

Herman Melton

Southside Virginia's most recent history book is scheduled for release Dec. 2. Pittsylvania County amateur historian Herman Melton of Chatham has signed a contract with Sheridan Books of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to publish his 386-page illustrated, footnoted, and indexed work in hard cover. The publishing will be accomplished at the company's Fredericksburg branch publishing house.

This is the author/historian's fifth published work on Pittsylvania County history, but his first that includes a small portion of history from the Southside counties of Bedford, Campbell, Franklin, Halifax, Henry and Patrick. He notes, however, that most of the material in this latest work is set in Pittsylvania County.

“Thirty-Nine Lashes — Well Laid On”: Crime and Punishment in Southside Virginia 1750-1950 is an outgrowth of two grants award the author to do research and writing as a scholar in residence at the center of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy in Charlottesville.

For the most part, the narrative is made up of accounts of some famous criminal cases that were tried in the region during the 200-year period. The different crimes and the nature of the punishment meted out make for very interesting reading.

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Readers will find accounts of the following episodes in the work:

Melton, who is a member and past president of the Pittsylvania Historical Society, notes that these are but a few of the cases appearing in the book

Copies will be available from the author at home in Chatham after Dec. 2 and at a book signing that will be held at Chatham Books on Main Street during the Christmas in Historic Chatham celebration Dec. 7.


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