The Story Behind Don’t Tell by Willow Rose
20 May 2019
By Willow Rose
This story came to life when one of my loyal readers contacted me and asked me if I had ever heard about the story of Ella Maud Cropsey (or often known as just Nell Cropsey).
It was the story of a young girl who disappeared from the porch of her family home in North Carolina in November 1901 after a fight with her boyfriend.
This reader was related to Nell and was very fascinated by the story herself. She provided me with a lot of information, and I read a couple of books about this girl and her strange disappearance. Then I decided to write about it.
In my book, it is a boy and not a girl who disappears, and it’s a completely different town and so on (The Ghost Town in the Sky really exists, and I saw it when I went skiing in Maggie Valley this winter). But some of the details, like the body floating in the creek long after she was killed, and not being decomposed at all, and the mother sitting in the window looking down when it floats by, stuff like that I kept similar to the real story. It’s a truly fascinating unsolved mystery, and you can read more about it here:
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