SOLD OUT Author Talk and Tour: Life and Death in High Places


This program is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Stacey Smith at People on the wait list will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if tickets become available.  


Speakers: Bruce Miller, Author, Historian, and Oakwood Cemetery Historian; and Robin Simonton, Author, Historian, and Executive Director, Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Are you a true crime fan? The capital city’s history is littered with hair-raising tales from the past, and this one is no exception. One Saturday in 1903, a well-known Raleigh attorney pulled out his pistol on Fayetteville Street and shot the son of an equally prominent Baptist preacher, leaving the younger man dead on the trolley tracks before a crowd of witnesses. The public murder on Raleigh’s busiest street, outside a downtown post office, involving two men in suits, both recognizable by sight, spun Raleigh into a gossip-fueled hysteria and filled front pages across the country. What triggered this high-society murder would unwind inside a Raleigh courtroom for months. But its whispered cause—a secret love child born in Nova Scotia—cements the story of Life and Death in High Places, a new history that unearths the murder’s details.

Join the museum as we welcome authors and Oakwood Cemetery historians Bruce Miller and Robin Simonton for an engaging book talk about their latest publication Life and Death in High Places: A True Story of Family, Scandal, and Homicide. This talk will allow participants to learn more about the book and the research process, as well as offer a chance to ask the authors questions and get your copy of the book signed! Following the talk, join us on a trolley tour down Fayetteville Street so you can see exactly where this high-profile shooting took place, as well as other buildings that played a role in this intriguing tale! For more information, please contact Stacey Smith at 919-814-7032.

Refunds will be given up to seven days prior to the event.

Content Warning: The topics discussed in this program include gun violence, homicide, and death, which some may find upsetting.