Lavinia Fisher

Dr. William G. Trott was a pharmacy owner in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Trott was known for displaying a variety of sea life and other specimens in his shop. So when Charleston was hit by a devastating storm, a riot formed outside of Dr. Trott's shop, where community members who had convinced themselves that Dr. Trott had captured a mermaid, demanded it be released to the sea. The rioters believed that Dr. Trott's hoarding of the magical creature caused the storm.


The Children's Asylum

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Interested in the history and stories behind the places and people featured in Charleston Screams? We've got it all right here for you. Meet the notorious first female serial killer and the most dreaded pirate that held the city of Charleston hostage. 

Lavinia is known as America's first female serial killer.  She would lure weary travelers to her Bed and Breakfast, just outside Charleston ,for some poisonous oleander tea and an encounter with her axe wielding husband.  When caught, they were sentenced to hanging at the Old Charleston Jail.  In a last ditch effort to save her life, she donned a wedding dress, and pleaded to onlookers to marry her.  When no one obliged, she screamed, "If anyone has a message for the Devil, give it to me! For I shall see him soon" as she leapt from the gallows, sealing her fate.

Lailson's Circus frequently made stops in Charleston in the 1800s and was the first circus to showcase an elephant in 1798.  William Langley, the wealthy son of the owner, met his untimely death in Charleston in 1849.  He was known to suffer from serious fits of Mania.


John Domingo was the most feared hoodooman in Charleston, and is widely recognized for his power throughout the United States. Called the Black Constable, John Domingo used his power to implement his own justice through curses. Members of the Charleston community either left Domingo to his works, or attempted to gain his favor when it came to love or control over the weather. John Domingo was killed at the hand of supernatural powers while attempting to punish two thieves for their crimes.

Charleston County Circus

Trott Pharmacy & The Mermaid

The Charleston Orphan Asylum was the first orphanage in the United States and housed over 2,000 residents from it's opening in 1790.  Children could be relinquished to the Orphanage for many reasons, including simply lacking the physical, financial, or mental ability to care for the child.  The children were frequently used as indentured servants in Charleston. 

‚ÄčBlackbeard is one of the most infamous pirates.  He was known for igniting tiny candles and pieces of fuse, around his face to appear demonic. He's most notably remembered in Charleston history for holding the entire city hostage by blockading the Harbor, while he demanded a bounty of medication to tend to his disgustingly ill crew. After he received his bounty of medicine, Blackbeard fled the harbor, leaving his companion, Stede Bonnet, to eventually take the blame and be hung on our own White Point, at the Charleston Battery.

The Black Constable

Charleston Screams

Haunted House Located in Charleston, sc