Author Darla Saylor Jackson
Author Darla Saylor Jackson, has written four books including the popular “Harlan County Haunts” series. Her first book, “Harlan County Haunts,” highlights the Mountain Jane Doe murder which sparked new interest and the final solving of the decades old cold case.
Darla Jackson took part and narrated the Emmy award winning, “The Dead Unknown,” a four-part documentary featuring the journey of solving the Mountain Jane Doe mystery as well as other cold cases. Darla is the owner of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan, KY, Raven Rock Trading Co. in Cumberland, KY, and co-owner of Mountain Gypsy Herbs, Inc., a bath and body company focusing on herbal, all natural products using locally grown and foraged ingredients. She is a fourth year psychology major at Midway University in Midway, Kentucky and in her spare time enjoys ruby mining in NC and writing about the paranormal. She teaches art and journaling to women inmates in Kentucky prisons, and is a certified community scholar. She has worked with Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood program and was an artist in residence with the Kentucky Arts Council for 10 years in a double genre of Folk Art and Literature.
An accomplished Appalachian and Native American dancer, Darla was a performer with the dance ensemble “Everybody Dances,” a multicultural dance performance group. She also was a performer with the Native American performance village, Native Nations. Darla was on the board of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission for 2 years and is a state recognized Native American.