It all started in August of 1831. Former slave and self-proclaimed prophet Nat Turner led the most successful slave revolt in the history of the state of Virginia. Hours into the revolt, Nat Turner and his followers had taken the lives of fifty-five white people. They took no mercy. They killed men, women and yes even their children.
In November of that year, Thomas R. Gray, met with his client (Turner) for the first time while Turner was in jail. After asking Turner questions, Gray presented Turner’s confessions as evidence during the trial. Gray then secures the copyright to the confessions by Nat Turner. The next day, Turner was hanged.
Source: Nat Turner – Timeline