I know, right. How could anything be worse than Deliverance? Well, for one thing, Deliverance was a movie. CASTEEL v. STATE is a real case. It concerns the gruesome murder of Air Force squadron members Earl Smock and Kenneth Griffith, and the latter’s father-in-law (Richard Mason) in the back woods of Tennessee. The link above takes you to Frankie E. Casteel’s appeal, after his conviction in the shotgun slayings of all three men. The matter-of-fact description of the events leading up to and surrounding the murders is chilling, to say the least. Do not read this account prior to a camping trip, mountain biking trip or ATV excursion. Or, alternatively, do.

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