The next time you visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and travel U. S. Highway 441 between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg you will pass the spot where Perry's Camp once stood and where a double homicide occurred in September, 1949. In fact, parts of Perry's Camp, listed on The National Register of Historic Places since 1992, still stand today on Flat Branch Road just off 441.
Charles Perry and his live-in housekeeper, Josie Law, were bludgeoned and knifed to death by felons bent on robbery and revenge. Perry finally told the killers where his liquor money was hidden so the pain and torture would end. This book tells not only the story of the murders, but chronicles the history of Perry's Camp, the capture and conviction of the murderers and their lives in prison and afterwards.
The structure where the murders occurred was torn down years ago to make room for the new highway, but three of the tourist court's eleven original cottages are still rented to the mountains' visitors six months out of the year.