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Meet The Harpe Brothers: America's First Serial Killers Of The Frontier

Updated 16 Nov 2018 374.4k views11 items

As settlers moved west into the wilds of the American frontier, criminals and outlaws like the Harpe Brothers did too, wreaking havoc along the way. Micajah and Wiley Harpe raped, robbed, and killed their way through Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois during the late 18th century. Big and Little Harpe, as they were later known, were America's first recorded serial killers, carrying out brutal acts that made fellow criminals cringe.

Though much of what is known about Big and Little Harpe is the stuff of word-of-mouth legend, there's enough verifiable information about the pair to paint a frightening picture of the American frontier. 

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