Beaten, Battered and Damned: The Drano Murder Trial
by Robert B. French, Jr.
September 28, 1982, 9:32 a.m., Lisa Ann Millican, a cute 13-year-old run-away from Georgia orphans home, was standing in the wind, 2" from the edge of a 430 foot precipice. She had been raped for two days by a fat man, and injected 6 times with Drano. In minutes, she will be shot in the back, and pushed over the edge. Alvin Neelley will then be ready to entice another female to rape and kill. Forced to represent the killer, Neelley's 18-year-old wife, Judith Ann- Capital Murder-Bob French, being a Republican, felt he was being punished for his politics. Neelley was his 17th murder or rape case without fee or expenses. This is a horrible story multiple kidnappings, rapes, murders, attempted murders, armed robbery, thefts, frauds, and more. Just when you think it can't get any worse, it gets worse. This is a true account of a lawyer's defense of one of America's worst crime sprees. The book indicates the dedication of a lawyer embroiled in a horrible case where he despised his client and she hated him. The state's evidence was overwhelming. The defense had only the wives and who knew what they would say? Their stories of the cruelty and meanness of Alvin Neelley were international news in their savagery. The defense was the "Battered Woman Syndrome" built on the Stockholm Syndrome and the Patty Hearst episode. The battered woman syndrome defense is now accepted in all 50 states. The verdict came in- life without parole. The judge, who forced French to take the case raised the sentence to execution. How Neelley escaped death began in 1944, before she was born, and along with the politics involved, is a mystery until the very end.
This is a true account of a lawyer’s defense of one of America’s worst crime sprees. The book indicates the dedication of a lawyer embroiled in a horrible case where he despised his client and she hated him. The state’s evidence was overwhelming. The defense had only the wives and who knew what they would say? Their stories of the cruelty and meanness of Alvin Neelley were international news in their savagery.
From the attorney who successfully prevented Neelley from being sentenced to death in Alabama’s electric chair This first hand account of the trial of the infamous young wife of Alvin Neelley, a sexually sadistic rapist, illustrates French’s groundbreaking battered woman syndrome defense. Judith taunted the police with cryptic anonymous calls, leading investigators to the spot deep in Little River Canyon where she had pushed her young victim to her death. French has kept silent about the case for more than 30 years.
About the Author
Robert B. French, Jr. is an attorney in Fort Payne, Alabama. He is a graduate of
the University of Alabama. He has practiced law for over 53 years.
Haunted North Georgia-North Georgia is home to more than its fair share of ghosts, from scenic antebellum mansions to restaurants, mills and even an outhouse. Reverend Robert William Bigham of Coweta County received a supernatural visit from his wife after her untimely death. The night watchman at an Elberton cotton mill became acquainted with three haunting visitors in his four decades at the mill. Hikers on Lookout Mountain were surprised to discover a mysterious house eerily decorated with magical symbols and bones. Author Jim Miles reveals the most terrifying ghost stories from each county in the region.
Haunted Central Georgia-Every portion of Central Georgia is thoroughly haunted. Tobe, the ghost of Orna Villa in Oxford, had an appetite for biscuits. Angry spirits near Augusta drove a family from a beautiful old home. Paranormal entities in a home cobbled together from three old houses created a tapestry of supernatural events. People still seek advice from a fortuneteller dead half a century, and a long-deceased girl hitches a ride home on the same night each year. Author Jim Miles presents a ghost story from each of the fifty-one counties in this historic region.
Haunted South Georgia-Each county in the vast territory of southern Georgia has a haunted history. The old Barber-Tucker Inn in Colquitt County and the renovated former Scottish Inn in Bryan County host ghostly guests. A profane spirit disturbed a house’s former residents with vile language. The Hairy Man still searches a swamp for his long-lost son. A Dodge County ghost twice saved the lives of a family’s children, while one in Liberty County mysteriously extinguished a fire that would have destroyed a historic house. Ghosts in Randolph County and Echols County provided the living with evidence sufficient to convict their murderers. Join author Jim Miles as he recounts stories from the fifty-seven counties of the region.
About the Author
Jim Miles is author of seven books of the Civil War Explorer Series (Fields of Glory, To the Sea, Piercing the Heartland, Paths to Victory, A River Unvexed, Forged in Fire and The Storm Tide), Civil War Sites in Georgia and two books titled Weird Georgia. Five books were featured by the History Book Club, and he has been historical adviser to several History Channel shows. He has also written seven books about Georgia ghosts: Civil War Ghosts of North Georgia, Civil War Ghosts of Atlanta, Civil War Ghosts of Central Georgia and Savannah, Haunted North Georgia, Haunted Central Georgia, Haunted South Georgia and Mysteries of Georgia’s Military Bases: Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master of Education degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. He taught high school American history for thirty-one years. Over a span of forty years, Jim has logged tens of thousands of miles exploring every nook and cranny in Georgia, as well as at Civil War sites throughout the country. He lives in Warner Robins, Georgia, with his wife, Earline.
Haunted Northwest Georgia
by Beth Youngblood
The back roads of the Northwest Georgia Appalachian hills and valleys hold a breathtaking beauty by day, but when darkness descends, there’s a different story. Through twenty-four haunting tales, read the stories passed down from generation to generation, some so frightful that never a word was spoken—until now. Discover a ghostly horse pulling a hearse through a lonely county cemetery each night, a phantom dressed in black wreaking havoc on a lonely stretch of highway, and ghostly twins held captive in an attic seeking playmates among the living. Meet the spirits of Cherokee braves and Civil War soldiers, and catch the train that rolls along a track that no longer exists. Like the mountains that hold them, these phantoms are reminders of the sad and often dark past of Georgia. The supernatural is a reality here. Experience it for yourself.
About the Author
Beth Youngblood grew up on a family farm on Little Sand Mountain in Northwest Georgia. Having loved ghost stories all her life, she is now historian for Southern States Paranormal. Beth enjoys hearing and investigating ghost stories, as well as exploring new places.
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The Haunted Georgia Trilogy
by Jim Miles
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