The song references the legendary 1830s story of Frances and Charles Silver, but also explores domestic abuse from a modern perspective.
On July 12, 1833, Frances “Frankie” Silver was hanged from the gallows on Damon’s
Hill in Morganton. She had been convicted of killing her husband Charlie with an axe
and hacking his body into pieces. The murder occurred three days before Christmas in
At first Frankie said that Charlie had left home to go hunting across the Toe River. But
when he didn’t return for Christmas, his family suspected foul play. On December 26
they organized a search party. Men from the community scoured the steep slopes and icy
Then a neighbor named Jake Cullis, a hunter and trapper, found pieces of bones and
human teeth among the ashes in the fireplace inside the Silvers’ cabin near Kona,
Mitchell County. More body parts were discovered beneath the cabin’s floorboards,
buried in the yard, and hidden in a nearby sourwood stump. In January 1832 Frankie was
arrested for first-degree murder. Two months later, a jury indicted her.
Little hard evidence was presented during the two-day trial in Morganton in March. But
the jury found Frankie guilty, and the judge sentenced her “to be hung by the neck until
she be dead.” She was eighteen years old and the mother of an infant daughter.
Because the law in those days didn’t allow women to testify in court, Frankie never told
her story before a judge. Even at the gallows, when she started to speak her last words,
Frankie’s father shouted to her from the crowd, “Die with it in you, Frankie!” Sadly, she
did. Most people think it was Charlie’s drunken abuse that drove her to kill
Charlie Silver was buried in three graves in the Silver family cemetery behind the Kona
Baptist Church. That’s because the pieces of his body weren’t found all at once, and it
was considered improper to reopen a grave.
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