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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 December of 1831.
A neighbor found pieces of bones 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. 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.
Frankie’s lawyers filed several appeals, and nearly three dozen important Morganton women asked the governor to show mercy when it appeared that Frankie had murdered Charlie in self-defense. But one by one the appeals were denied. Frankie’s execution date was set for July.
Stories of the gruesome crime are still passed around today. People think it was Charlie’s drunken abuse and beatings that drove her to kill him. Because the law in those days didn’t allow women to testify in court, Frankie never told 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.
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.
Please watch the Frankie & Charlie music video on YouTube by Ali Randolph & Outta Luck Band.
Kamakahonu, the-Eye-of-the-Turtle, is the first Capital of the Hawaiian Islands of the Pacific declared so by Kamehameha the Great in 1812. Kamehameha lived upon the lands at Kamakahonu that included the ahupua'a (land divisions from mountain to the sea) of Lanihau I & II.
Today, more than 10 sacred sites remain on these lands along with sacred burials (including a burial identified as 28398).
If you are a descendant of Kamehameha I, 'Umi-a-Liloa, their relatives or of other families who once lived on the lands of Lanihau I & II in Hawaii, please sign this petition.
Collected 500 signatures & still gathering support. Mahalo Go Petition.
We are opposing construction of a 4 Story, 16 Unit Condominium on our water front of Holualoa Bay. The development is to be called Kona Makaha Condominium projects. We believe that this condominium will cause environmental harm to our fragile ocean eco-system.
It is our desire that the original Lyman property be restored and maintained as to preserve the historic, cultural, aesthetic, environmental heritage of Holualoa Bay.