Play Video
1
America
America's First Serial Killer 2, H.H. Holmes, Hot Facts Teacher Kayleigh
::2010/03/11::
Play Video
2
H.H. Holmes was NOT America
H.H. Holmes was NOT America's First Serial Killer!!! (Deliver the Profile)
::2012/02/01::
Play Video
3
Harpe Brothers English Three Honors Mrs. Beyer
Harpe Brothers English Three Honors Mrs. Beyer
::2013/10/09::
Play Video
4
T. C. H.  Society meeting  APRIL 16, 2013
T. C. H. Society meeting APRIL 16, 2013
::2013/04/17::
Play Video
5
Blood  Brothers ( Iron Maiden ) on the harp
Blood Brothers ( Iron Maiden ) on the harp
::2011/07/25::
Play Video
6
Harpo Marx Brothers
Harpo Marx Brothers
::2007/03/14::
Play Video
7
FMA, Bratja - Harpe
FMA, Bratja - Harpe
::2009/08/22::
Play Video
8
Harpo Marx - A Night At The Opera
Harpo Marx - A Night At The Opera
::2013/02/06::
Play Video
9
Tetris Theme on Laser Harp - Theremin Hero LIVE! Finale - Gamecity 5 Nottingham
Tetris Theme on Laser Harp - Theremin Hero LIVE! Finale - Gamecity 5 Nottingham
::2010/11/29::
Play Video
10
'Brothers' from Fullmetal Alchemist-HARP
::2012/03/25::
Play Video
11
"When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars (Max Schneider & Kurt Schneider)
"When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars (Max Schneider & Kurt Schneider)
::2013/03/11::
Play Video
12
Harpo playing the Harp 3 - The Marx Bros.
Harpo playing the Harp 3 - The Marx Bros.
::2011/01/13::
Play Video
13
How to Play Blues Harmonica - Blues Harp - Beginner Lesson
How to Play Blues Harmonica - Blues Harp - Beginner Lesson
::2010/01/30::
Play Video
14
The Harp - BBC Documentary
The Harp - BBC Documentary
::2012/04/24::
Play Video
15
What is a Harp Guitar?
What is a Harp Guitar?
::2013/11/17::
Play Video
16
Harp Duet: Super Mario Bros in Harp!
Harp Duet: Super Mario Bros in Harp!
::2011/04/06::
Play Video
17
Les Marsden as Harpo Marx: Harp Solo
Les Marsden as Harpo Marx: Harp Solo
::2013/11/24::
Play Video
18
Harp Channel-Let it Be Me (Everly Brothers )
Harp Channel-Let it Be Me (Everly Brothers )
::2009/06/11::
Play Video
19
Harpo playing the Harp 2 - The Marx Bros
Harpo playing the Harp 2 - The Marx Bros
::2011/01/13::
Play Video
20
Ballade pour une Fée. Composition inspirée du jeu de la Harpe Celtique
Ballade pour une Fée. Composition inspirée du jeu de la Harpe Celtique
::2014/03/03::
Play Video
21
Julien Heurtebise 2014 voix/guitare-harpe
Julien Heurtebise 2014 voix/guitare-harpe
::2014/04/06::
Play Video
22
Tetris on Laser Harp [DOUBLE SPEED] @ OHM2013
Tetris on Laser Harp [DOUBLE SPEED] @ OHM2013
::2013/08/18::
Play Video
23
How to play "Long Train Running" Doobie Brothers - Harmonica C / Do
How to play "Long Train Running" Doobie Brothers - Harmonica C / Do
::2008/11/04::
Play Video
24
Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto 2nd movement
Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto 2nd movement
::2006/10/25::
Play Video
25
Doromb - Jew
Doromb - Jew's harp recording session - Szilágyi brothers
::2011/09/12::
Play Video
26
Banjo and Harp
Banjo and Harp
::2013/05/17::
Play Video
27
EVERETTE HARPE: Free Fall/ More Than You
EVERETTE HARPE: Free Fall/ More Than You'll Ever Know; Jazz Central
::2014/03/27::
Play Video
28
Funk Soul Brothers   I Through To Grapvine  ft.Ben Harper
Funk Soul Brothers I Through To Grapvine ft.Ben Harper
::2012/04/11::
Play Video
29
Iron Maiden - The Trooper in the harp
Iron Maiden - The Trooper in the harp
::2008/04/04::
Play Video
30
FavillaOM
FavillaOM
::2014/01/12::
Play Video
31
magali zsigmond harpe electrique
magali zsigmond harpe electrique
::2013/11/22::
Play Video
32
Joueur de harpe
Joueur de harpe
::2012/09/14::
Play Video
33
Star Wars Theme on Harp
Star Wars Theme on Harp
::2011/01/22::
Play Video
34
Bratja - Brother (Fullmetal Alchemist) - Harp & Voice cover
Bratja - Brother (Fullmetal Alchemist) - Harp & Voice cover
::2012/04/17::
Play Video
35
Larson Bros. Dyer Harp Guitar Style 4
Larson Bros. Dyer Harp Guitar Style 4
::2013/03/27::
Play Video
36
"Les Sources" on the harp
"Les Sources" on the harp
::2007/10/25::
Play Video
37
Tetris Theme (Harp version)
Tetris Theme (Harp version)
::2013/03/18::
Play Video
38
Cantina Band from Star Wars on harp
Cantina Band from Star Wars on harp
::2008/02/03::
Play Video
39
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers - Kokomo Blues, Live at the Middle East 2/19/13
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers - Kokomo Blues, Live at the Middle East 2/19/13
::2013/02/22::
Play Video
40
"The Rains of Castamere (The Lannister Song)" Harp/Vocal Cover by Natalya Zarraga
"The Rains of Castamere (The Lannister Song)" Harp/Vocal Cover by Natalya Zarraga
::2012/06/05::
Play Video
41
Erin Harpe - Mississippi Delta Blues
Erin Harpe - Mississippi Delta Blues
::2008/07/24::
Play Video
42
Firework on Harp
Firework on Harp
::2011/01/18::
Play Video
43
Sympathy for the Devil covered by Taipei Soul Brothers / Concert in the park
Sympathy for the Devil covered by Taipei Soul Brothers / Concert in the park
::2013/05/26::
Play Video
44
Durch den Monsun - Tokio Hotel - harp/harpe
Durch den Monsun - Tokio Hotel - harp/harpe
::2008/03/16::
Play Video
45
I Musici de Montréal, Ogilvy 2, La harpe française
I Musici de Montréal, Ogilvy 2, La harpe française
::2012/10/24::
Play Video
46
Saint Seiya Soundtrack : Mime´s Harp (asgard)
Saint Seiya Soundtrack : Mime´s Harp (asgard)
::2012/05/11::
Play Video
47
Iron Maiden in the harp - Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden in the harp - Fear of the Dark
::2008/03/16::
Play Video
48
Super Mario Brothers
Super Mario Brothers
::2010/04/20::
Play Video
49
[FULL] William Close and His Earth Harp - America
[FULL] William Close and His Earth Harp - America's Got Talent 2012 Auditions
::2012/05/15::
Play Video
50
Eté 42 harpe
Eté 42 harpe
::2011/07/30::
NEXT >>
RESULTS [51 .. 101]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Micajah "Big" Harpe (1768? – August 1799) and Wiley "Little" Harpe (1770? – February 8, 1804), pronounced (mickey) and (Why-lee), were murderers, highwaymen, and river pirates, who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi in the late 18th century. Their crimes appear to have been motivated more by blood lust than financial gain and many historians have called them America's first true "serial killers".[citation needed] The Harpes are said to have been brothers (though some sources say cousins),[who?] born in[citation needed] Orange County, North Carolina to Scottish parents. Their father or their uncles were allegedly of Tory allegiance, who fought on the British side during the Revolutionary War. Big Harpe is known to have had two wives, sisters Susan and Betsey Roberts. Little Harpe married Sally Rice, daughter of a Baptist minister.

Disputed claims of early lives and involvement in Revolutionary War and Indian Wars[edit]

In Jon Musgrave's article of Oct. 23, 1998, in the southern Illinois newspaper, American Weekend, through thorough research, he cited the T. Marshall Smith 1855 book, Legends of the War of Independence, and of the Earlier Settlements in the West, that the Harpes were much older than most mainstream historians have acknowledged. Smith stated he had heard stories from his grandfather, older pioneers, and those who had interviewed two of the Harpe wives. One of his stories was that the Harpe brothers were actually cousins, William and Joshua Harper (who would sometime later take the alias Harpe) who had emigrated in 1759 or 1760 at a young age from Scotland. Their fathers were brothers, John and William Harper, who settled in Orange County, North Carolina between 1761 and 1763. The Harper patriarchs were loyal to the British Crown and were known as Royalists, Kings Men, Loyalists, and Tories and may also have been regulators involved in the North Carolina Regulator War. The anti-British Crown neighbors of the Harpers were known as Whigs, Rebels, and Patriots. Around April or May, 1775, the young Harper cousins left North Carolina and went to Virginia to find overseer jobs on a slave plantation.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, little is known of the Harpes' whereabouts. According to Smith based an the eyewitness account of Captain James Wood, they joined a Tory rape gang in North Carolina and took part in the kidnapping of three teenage girls, with a fourth girl being rescued by Captain Wood. These gangs took advantage of the war by raping, stealing, and murdering, and burning and destroying the property, especially farms, of patriot colonists. In an interview Smith had with the Patriot soldier, Frank Wood, who was the son of Captain James Wood, he revealed that he was the older brother of Susan Wood Harpe, the later kidnapped wife of Micajah "Big" Harpe. Frank Wood claimed to have seen the Harpe brothers, serving "loosely" as Tory militia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's British Legion, at the Battles of Blackstocks, November 20, 1780, and Cowpens, January 17, 1781. They also appeared in the same supporting role at the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7, 1780, under British commander Major Patrick Ferguson. These battles that the Harpes supposedly participated in resulted in major Patriot victories. Following the British defeat at Yorktown in 1781, the Harpes left North Carolina, dispersed with their Indian allies, the Chickamauga Cherokees, to Tennessee villages west of the Appalachian Mountains. On April 2, 1781, they joined war parties of four hundred Chickamauga Cherokee and attacked the Patriot frontier settlement of Bluff Station, at Fort Nashborough (now Nashville, Tennessee), which would again be assaulted by them, on either July 20, 1788, or April 9, 1793. A Captain James Leiper was killed in the 1781 attack on the fort and may have been related to the John Leiper, who was later involved in the killing of Micajah "Big" Harpe in Kentucky in 1799. On August 19, 1782, the Harpes accompanied a British-backed, Chickamauga Cherokee war party to Kentucky in the Battle of Blue Licks, where they helped to defeat an army of Patriot frontiersmen. During the Harpe brothers' early frontier period among the Chickamauga Cherokee, they lived in the village of Nickajack, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, for approximately twelve to thirteen years. During this span of time, they kidnapped Maria Davidson and later Susan Wood, and made them their women. In 1794, the Harpes and their women abandoned their Indian habitation, before the main Chickamauga Cherokee village of Nickajack in eastern Tennessee was destroyed in a raid by American settlers. They would later relocate to Powell's Valley, around Knoxville, Tennessee, where they stole food and supplies from local pioneers. The whereabouts of the Harpes were unknown between the summer of 1795 and spring of 1797, but by spring they were dwelling in a cabin on Beaver's Creek, near Knoxville. On June 1, 1797, Wiley Harpe married Sarah Rice, which was recorded in the Knox County, Tennessee marriage records. Sometime during 1797, the Harpes would begin their trail of death in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Atrocities[edit]

As young men, the Harpes lived with renegade Creek and Cherokee Indians who committed atrocities against white settlers and against their own tribes. By 1797 the Harpes were living near Knoxville, Tennessee. However, they were driven from the town after being charged with stealing hogs and horses. They were also accused of murdering a man named Johnson, whose body was found in a river, covered in urine, ripped open and weighted with stones. This became a characteristic of the Harpes' murders. They butchered anyone at the slightest provocation, even babies. R.E. Banta in The Ohio claims that Micajah Harpe even bashed his infant daughter's head against a tree because her constant crying annoyed him. This was the only crime for which he would later confess genuine remorse. From Knoxville they fled north into Kentucky. They entered the state on the Wilderness Road, near the Cumberland Gap. They are believed to have murdered a peddler named Peyton, taking his horse and some of his goods. They then murdered two travelers from Maryland.

Deaths[edit]

In July 1799,[1] John Leiper raised a posse to avenge the murder of Mrs. Stegal, including Moses Stegal, the victim's husband. Leiper reached Harpe first, and managed to shoot Big Harpe. After a scuffle with a tomahawk, Leiper overcame Harpe. When Stegal arrived, he decapitated Harpe and stuck his head on a pole, at a crossroads still known as "Harpe's Head" or Harpe's Head Road in Webster County, Kentucky.[2] By the end of their reign of terror, the "Bloody Harpes" were responsible for the known murders of no less than 40 men, women, and children. Little Harpe eluded the authorities for some time, using the alias John Setton, until allegedly being caught in an effort to get a reward of his own on the head of an outlaw, Samuel Mason. He was captured in 1803, tried and hanged on February 8, 1804.[1]

Harpe women[edit]

According to Jon Musgrave, the Harpe women, after cohabitation with the brothers, led relatively respectable and normal lives. Upon the death of Micajah "Big" Harpe in Kentucky, Wiley "Little" Harpe went into hiding and their women were apprehended and taken to the Russellville, Kentucky state courthouse and later released. Sally Rice Harpe went back to Knoxville, Tennessee to live in her father's house. For a time, Susan Wood Harpe and Maria Davidson (aka Betsey Roberts Harpe) lived in Russellville. Susan Wood remarried later, and died in Tennessee. According to Ralph Harrelson, a McLeansboro, Illinois historian, records show that on September 27, 1803, Betsey Roberts remarried, moved with her husband to Canada in 1828, had many children, and eventually the couple died in the 1860s. Cave-In-Rock historian, Otto A. Rothert, believed that Susan Wood died in Tennessee and her daughter went to Texas. According to the former sheriff of Hamilton County, Illinois, in 1820, Sally Rice, who had remarried, travelled with her husband and father to their new home in Illinois via the Cave-In-Rock ferry.

Descendants[edit]

After the atrocities committed by the Harpes, many members bearing the family name changed their name in some way, to hide the heritage of their infamous ancestors. The Harpes may have disguised their Tory past from their Patriot neighbors by changing their original name of "Harper," which was a common Loyalist name in Revolutionary War-era North Carolina.

Appearances in popular culture[edit]

The Harpe saga was explored in depth by noted historian Paul I. Wellman in his book Spawn of Evil, now no longer in print.

E. Don Harpe, perhaps the only Harpe descendant to openly acknowledge and write about the Harpe brothers, currently, has two books born wolf DIE WOLF The Last Rampage of the Terrible Harpes and Resurrection: Rebirth of the Terrible Harpes with a third book being written. His short work, The True Story of America's First Serial Killers, may be as close to the truth about the story of the Harpes as has been written. A graphic novel was written in 2009 by Chad Kinkle and illustrated by Adam Show called Harpe America's First Serial Killers. The Harpe brothers, identified as "Big Harp" and "Little Harp" are among the characters in the stage musical The Robber Bridegroom, adapted by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman from the novel by Eudora Welty. In this musical, Big Harp has already been decapitated at the beginning of the story, but his disembodied head is still alive: the head is portrayed by an actor whose body is concealed behind the scenery. Robert Hayden's poem "Theory of Evil" takes the Harpe brothers' crimes, and Big Harpe's demise, as its explicit subject. In the 1941 film version of The Devil and Daniel Webster, both Harpes are among the jury the Devil calls, but do not appear in the original story. Big and Little Harpe appeared in Disneyland's Davy Crockett miniseries. Both Harpes and their decedents play a key role in the Silver John book The Voice Of The Mountain by Manly Wade Wellman, though their real-life accounts were fictionalize and morphed into more supernatural abilities. The Harpe brothers were the inspiration for Big and Little Drum in Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife:Passage.[3]

Wiley Harpe is also the subject of a song on Bob Frank and John Murry's 2006 album, World Without End.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tennessee: A Guide to the State. American Book-Stratford Press. 1939. p. 236. 
  2. ^ The United States criminal calendar. Charles Gaylord, Boston. 1840. pp. 281–283. 
  3. ^ "Western Fantasy: Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife books". Retrieved 2011-05-10.  (comment #3 from Lois herself)
  4. ^ "World Without End by Bob Frank and John Murry". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 

References[edit]

  • Coates, Robert M. The Outlaw Years: the History of the Land Pirates of the Natchez Trace. 1930.
  • Gordon, Maj. Maurice Kirby. History of Hopkins County, Kentucky, published by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society.
  • Magee, M. Juliette. Cavern of crime. Livingston Ledger, 1973.
  • Musgrave, Jon. "Frontier serial killers: The Harpes," American Weekend, Oct. 23, 1998.
  • Rothert, Otto A. (January 1927). "The Harpes, Two Outlaws of Pioneer Times". Filson Club Historical Quarterly 1 (4). Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  • Rothert, Otto A. The Outlaws of Cave-In-Rock, Otto A. Rothert, Cleveland 1924; rpt. 1996 ISBN 0-8093-2034-7
  • Smith, T. Marshall. 1855. Legends of the War of Independence, and of the Earlier Settlements in the West. Louisville, Ky.

External links[edit]

Wikipedia content is licensed under the GFDL License
Powered by YouTube
LEGAL
  • Mashpedia © 2014