Editor dead

Oxford Eagle managing editor Monica Drum was found shot to death in her office early Sunday morning.


The Oxford Weekly Planet is a local blog covering news, events and gossip in Oxford and Yoknapatawpha County.

Drum memorial service

A well-attended memorial service for Monica Drum was held in Oxford on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

ConfessionThe owner of Melvin's Nite Owl convenience store turned himself in to YCSD officials and confessed to the murder of Eagle editor Monica Drum.


The Oxford Weekly Planet blog gives its take on the confession, along with comments from a surprising source.

press-rape-arrestFrom the Oxford Eagle archives for March 16, 2007. Ms. Drum provided extensive coverage of Roberts's arrest and trial, beginning with this article.

press-acquitted2From the Oxford Eagle archives for November 24, 2007. The headline matches in size, font, and spacing the one taped to Ms. Drum's desk.

press-for-saleFrom the Oxford Eagle archives for March 23, 2009. Melvin Roberts puts his store on the market due to a decrease in sales since the rape accusation.


The Oxford Weekly Planet posted a letter purportedly from Rick Hughes about his involvement in the Monica Drum murder.

Confession InfoThe Oxford Eagle reports on the latest developments with Melvin Roberts's confession to the murder of Monica Drum.

Rep Hagen Arrested

The Eagle reports on Congressman Hagen's arrest over the weekend.


The Oxford Weekly Planet blog gives its unique take on the Hagen arrest.


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