A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11/17/1958 Tom Dooley hangs at #1
November 17, 1958. Tom Dula hung in 1869 for the murder of Laurie Foster. There is still debate as to whether he was the guilty party - or the only guilty one. What is beyond debate is that on this date the Kingston Trio had a number one hit with their version of an old folk song about the crime: "Tom Dooley." It was one of the high water marks of the folk music revival.