Season 2, Episode 49: The Many Murders of Robeson County: Who is Killing its Indigenous People?
We all have some stress at the holidays, but nobody more than families with murdered or missing loved ones. This December, I’m going to share with you what I’m calling the 12 Cases of Christmas - unsolved homicides and disappearances that haven’t gotten enough attention to get solved. I think that, together, we can change that.
This week, all three of our cases come from the same county in North Carolina. I will warn you right now - this episode will make you sad, and make you want to go kick some butt. At the end of the episode I’ll share some small action steps that you can take to make a significant impact.
Sitting along the South Carolina border, in the swamps of southeastern North Carolina, Robeson County has a population of over 100,000 people. You can get to the beach in an hour and a half, or the mountains in about 3 hours. You can visit the Museum of the Southeast American Indian to learn about tribal Lumbee Indian life. With more than 55,000 members, it is the largest Native population east of the Mississippi River.
Even with all of its natural beauty and historic significance, there’s a dark side to the area. When I approached the FaceBook group Shattering the Silence for permission to post a link to this episode, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who responded that they had a murdered or missing loved one from Robeson County. The problem goes much deeper than the three cases featured in today’s episode. Please check out the links below for more information on the problem.
If you have any information on any Robeson county homicide or missing person’s case, you can contact the FBI at 704-672-6100, or the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at 910-671-3100.