The legend of Becky Cotton is quite well known in Edgefield SC. This late-18th-century Black Widow murdered her first husband with an axe to the head, another with a knife and yet another with poisoned herbs. She even eluded a murder conviction and married one of the jurors, who subsequently became a victim. Like all good tales of murder and deceit, this one has a haunted twist. People say that the wails of her murdered husbands can be heard from her favorite dumping ground, Beck’s Hole in present-day Slade Lake. Others say that Becky’s ghost haunts the area looking for her next husband. Whether or not the hauntings are true, her story is quite the saga. Join us as we introduce you to the Devil in Petticoats, Becky Cotton!
We would like to extend a very special thank you to The Main Street Players in Edgefield SC for reenacting scenes from their play The Devil in Petticoats, by local playwright Tricia Glenn.