Bonus Episode. Slay Bells

The Murder of The Lawson Family

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. We get to spend uninterrupted time with our loved ones, give and receive gifts, and enjoy home cooked meals together. However Christmas is also the time of the year depression hits people hard. Rather they are struggling financially, relapsing due to holiday festivities or missing a relative who is no longer around. We often take this day for granted and don’t realize just how lucky we are to experience the joy of it all. Today we want to tell you a story about a family whose entire Christmas ended with their murder. 

The Lawson Family
The Lawson Family Cabin
News Article From the 1920s
The Lawsons Funeral
The Lawson Family Grave


“The Meaning of Our Tears,” by Trudy J. Smith, 2006 and “White Christmas, Bloody Christmas,’’ by Bruce Jones and Trudy J. Smith. The books are available to check out or purchase at the Madison Public Library.

“Trouble Will Cause,’’ a documentary by Dan Sellers is available at Madison Dry Goods, Co.

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