Christmas Family Tragedy, A

Facets Video   (2007) / Region All
Christmas Family Tragedy, A

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Christmas Family Tragedy, A

On Christmas Day, 1929, respected tobacco farmer Charlie Lawson shot his wife and six of his children, and then turned the gun on himself in one of the most brutal murder-suicides in Southern history. Why would a family man commit such a horrific act? Well, Charlie took his reasons to the grave, but his crime has since sparked numerous controversies, generational family feuds, ghost stories, murder ballads, even a tourist attraction and traveling fair exhibits.

Using historic photos, authentic bluegrass music, exclusive interviews with family and friends, and chilling re-creations, A Christmas Family Tragedy brings this local Carolina legend to the screen for the first time. In addition to investigating the tragic event, the film explores the tall tales and controversies that have sprung up in the aftermath, uncovering relevance for today's audiences. A true Southern gothic tale, A Christmas Family Tragedy seethes with a potent atmosphere and rich regional flavor.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 17 2007
  • Production Year 2007
  • Empire SKU 1373639
  • UPC Code 898979001049
  • Studio  Facets Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


A Lawson Family Sermon by Reverend Oakley Manring
Ghost Hunt at Squire's Inn
DV: Then & Now
A Prayer for Gale James
Whatever Happened to Charlie's Gun?
A Christmas Family Tragedy Trailers
Extended Interviews


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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