On a chilly Friday afternoon, a small group met outside an eerie restaurant to begin a journey through “the dark side” of Chapel Hill’s history.
The group was taking part in a Chapel Hill true crime tour, which explores tales of murders on and off UNC’s campus.
The group’s guide was Andy Nason, owner and head tour coordinator of Triangle Walking Tours.
The company offers various on-foot history tours of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Nason was inspired to start offering tours of his own after the praise he received as a tour guide at the City of Raleigh Museum and Pope House Museum.
Nason recently added true crime tours of each city to his repertoire, which was inspired by his fiancé, who enjoys true crime. He agreed, as he says the subject is history adjacent, which he emphasizes on the tours.
“One of the things that I bring is that because of my background as a historian, I tend to focus a lot more on the historical context of the time period and how the crime itself is reflective of a greater zeitgeist, so to say, a greater significance within the era in which it took place,” Nason said.
After shaking the hands of each guest and giving a short introduction, Nason led the group to the first location.
A short walk brought them across the road from a seemingly ordinary building on Rosemary Street. That perception was quickly broken as Nason began a story about the murder of a UNC student at the location about a decade ago.
With the cadence and detail of a lawyer presenting in court, Nason dove into the case, including thorough descriptions of the people involved and the events that led up to the murder. The story covered details spanning from the night of the crime in 2012 to more recent discoveries.