Lisa Coffman is the author of two books of poetry, Likely and Less Obvious Gods, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Her articles have appeared in the BBC News, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere.
A Southern Journey from the Summer 2018 issue.
We are hunting Jerome Boyatt, a Plateau fugitive who remains elusive even after his surrender and brutal death more than eighty years ago. In 1933, when he was twenty-two years old, he got into a gunfight with two county lawmen sent to arrest him at a logging camp where he was selling moonshine. He killed them both. Then Jerome hid in the rugged country around his home, No Business, a community laid along a creek hollow that joined the Big South Fork River. The manhunt for him, and the vengeance that marked it, count among the Plateau’s most infamous events.