On Saturday night, Dec. 20th, a man named Samuel SCOTT residing in Ashe County, NC - near the Grayson (County, VA) line, and who had been confined in jail, as a lunatic, and only discharged a few days before - rose from his bed about midnight - armed himself with a cutting knife, and fell upon his father and mother, (with whom he lived,) and instantly killed them both - horribly mangling both bodies. No other person, was present except a small bound boy. For some unknown cause the maniac spared his life, and went to his brother's, who lived close by, accompanied him to the house, aided in attending to the mangled bodies, and himself proposed sending for the coroner. He is now in Ashe jail, awaiting his trial - and it is doubtful whether the defence of insanity will avail him. He had frequently threatened to kill not only his parents, but his brother.
What other injuries he may have sustained, are unknown - as he has not yet recovered his consciousnces - but is still lying insensible, and in a most precarious condition. -- Wytheville Republican