Book — 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages) : illustrations.
1. Bobby McMillon and Oral Tradition;
2. Frankie Silver Lore as Performed by Bobby McMillon;
3. The State versus Frances Silver;
4. A Story that Happened: The Legend of Frankie Silver;
5. The Ballad "Frankie Silver";
6. A Tale of a Governor; Conclusion; Appendix A: Variants of the Frankie Silver Legend Cycle; Appendix B: Variants of the "Frankie Silver" (Laws E 13); Appendix C: Artistic Treatments of the Frankie Silver Story; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Frankie Silver was hanged for the murder of her husband. Later, people claimed that a tree growing near the cabin in which Charlie Silver had been buried was "accurst". This work uses the "accurst" tree metaphor for the grip the story of the murder has had on the imaginations of the community.