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Discusses the 1771 case of the Agnes Richardson and the death of her husband, of Presbyterian minister William Richardson, in the Waxhaw settlement, a Scots-Irish American community along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The story that emerged regarding Agnes' possible role in the death, and a harrowing trial and accusation, reveal a focus on supernaturalism and folk justice that are commonly associated with the backcountry. Investigation of historical evidence reveals that her accusation has much to say about the social and legal constructs of early American society.