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The Columbus stocking strangler / by William Rawlings.


"During an eight-month period in 1977 and 1978, the city of Columbus, Georgia, was terrorized by a mysterious serial killer who raped and ritualistically strangled seven elderly women in one of the community's finer neighborhoods. Despite intensive efforts on the part of police the Stocking Strangler, as he came to be known, managed to elude capture. After the last murder in April 1978, the case went cold. In the spring of 1984, a series of fortuitous events connected to an unrelated murder and a stolen pistol led to the capture of Carlton Gary, who had recently escaped from a South Carolina prison. Following a dramatic trial in 1986, Gary was convicted of three of the seven Columbus murders and sentenced to death, a penalty that would not be carried out until 2018. This convoluted tale of crime and punishment is punctuated by dramatic twists and turns including issues of race, alleged conspiracy and misconduct on the part of the police and the judiciary, and errors in DNA analysis and a vigorous prolonged struggle attorneys and death penalty opponents who believed in Gary's innocence"--Page 4 of cover.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780881468427
  • ISBN: 0881468428
  • ISBN: 9780881468434
  • ISBN: 0881468436
  • Physical Description: 271 pages, 18 pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, [2022]

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1: THE murders prologue: "One maniac is changing the Town of Columbus" -- Chapter 1: A settlement on the frontier -- Chapter 2: Crime wave -- Chapter 3: Six days later, seven blocks away -- Chapter 4: We've got a maniac -- Chapter 5: A suspect -- Chapter 6: Ten days shy of ninety -- Chapter 7: Number Four -- Chapter 8: Close to the vest -- Chapter 9: No end in sight -- Chapter 10: A tragedy of errors -- Chapter 11: The Task force -- Chapter 12: The night of terrors (Part I) -- Chapter 13: The night of terrors (Part II) -- Chapter 14: The Ku Klux Klan steps up -- Chapter 15: The Forces of evil -- Chapter 16: Another murder -- Chapter 17: A cold case -- PART II: The Suspect -- Chapter 18: Serial No. 13-70073 -- Chapter 19: A Motel room in Albany -- Chapter 20: A long night -- Chapter 21: Who is Carlton Gary? -- Chapter 22: The Dance begins -- Chapter 23: A year of rotating judges, claims of abuse, and an escape attempt -- Chapter 24: Delays -- Chapter 25: A puzzling life -- Chapter 26: Two steps forward and one step back -- Chapter 27:The trial-Part I: Preliminaries -- Chapter 28:The trial-Part II: Opening statements -- Chapter 29:The trial-Part III: Witness identifications -- Chapter 30:The trial-Part IV: Murder details -- Chapter 31:The trial-Part V: A key witness -- Chapter 32: The trial-Part VI: Burglaries and murders -- Chapter 33:The trial-Part VII: A bite mark and a stolen gun -- Chapter 34:The trial-Part VIII: Malvin Almichael Crittenden -- Chapter 35:The Trial-Part ix: Similar crimes in New York -- Chapter 36:The trial-Part X: The State rests its case -- Chapter 37:The trial-Part XI: The defense presents its case -- Chapter 38:The trial-Part XII: Closing arguments and a verdict -- Chapter 39: The trial-Part XIII: Punishment-Part III: Thirty-two years -- Chapter 40: Reaction -- Chapter 41: Appeals and appeals and... -- Chapter 42: Semen and a bite mold -- Chapter 43: The Big Eddy club -- Chapter 44: "Judge signs warrant for execution" -- Chapter 45: Is Carlton Gary telling the truth? -- Chapter 46: Delays and DNA -- Chapter 47: Yet another surreal twist in the continuing saga -- Chapter 48: More than five years later... -- Chapter 49: The briefcase -- Chapter 50: An order and the end -- Thoughts -- Author's note and acknowledgments -- Appendix -- Carlton Gary 1950-1984 -- Crimes in Columbus, Georgia, Attributed to Caryton Gary: 1977-1979 -- Carlton Gary: March 1984 through March 2018 -- Endnotes -- Index.
Subject: Serial murderers > Georgia > Columbus > Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) > Georgia > Columbus.
Gary, Carlton > Trials, litigation, etc.
Strangling > Georgia > Columbus.
Crime > Georgia > Columbus.

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