On April 19th, the next installment of the Appalachian variety show The Liars Bench will focus on the hanging of Jack Lambert in Bryson City on July 9, 1884.
The hanging made The New York Times after many became suspicious that the accused murderer did not die during the hanging.
The performance is the second installment of the “Balsam Chronicles,” featuring stories from the counties that make up the Balsams — Jackson, Swain and Haywood. This installment is called “Hangman, Hangman Slack Your Rope” and is set for 7 p.m. on April 19 at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.
To read an article written by Gary Carden about the Lambert hanging, visit: www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/10_01/10_31_01/mountain_voices_carden.shtml.