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The Fool Killer is probably one of North Carolina's most notable contributions to the gallery of American folk heroes. Jesse Holmes the Fool Killer was the fictional creation of Charles Napoleon Bonaparte Evans, editor from 1841 to 1883 of the weekly Milton Chronicle in Caswell County. There have been several letters discovered written by the Fool Killer in an attempt to bring justice upon the fools in mid-19th-century North Carolina society.
The Fool Killer started off as a local newspaper editor who collected current stories about particularly foolish deeds done by someone. He became well known; an example is given of one of his famous letters.
A letter published by the Fool Killer, aka Jesse Holmes, aka Charles Napoleon Bonaparte Evans, was found. This one differs from the rest because apparently the Fool Killer had acquired the letter from one of his victims, and then passed it on to the newspaper editor. A picture of the letter is included.