Considered to be the first American serial killers, Micajah and Wiley Harpe were born in North Carolina in the mid to late 1700s and became notorious for their violent crimes in Kentucky and Tennessee. They are known for committing a series of brutal murders. We dive into the fascinating and dark history of the Harpe Brothers, exploring their lives, their crimes, and the rumors and legends that have grown up around them.
The Harpes proved to be an immensely hard subject to research and pinpoint exact details. Both because of the time the Harpes lived and because rumors and folklore, which can't be confirmed, dominate their story. But they were real and they were terrifying.