Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom

December 17, 1968 Decatur, Georgia 20-year-old Barbara Mackle is abducted and buried alive in a ransom attempt Barbara was chosen because her father, Robert Mackle, was a wealthy land developer. A little before 4 a.m., Gary Stephen Krist and Ruth Eisemann-Schier knocked on the motel door belonging to Barbara and her mother Jane Braznell Mackle.… Continue reading Woman kidnapped, buried alive for 83 hours during ransom

Georgia · Newspaper clippings

Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen

August 17, 1915 Marietta, Georgia Convicted murderer and rapist Leo Frank is forcibly removed from his cell and lynched 13-year-old Mary Phagan had left school at the age of 10 to work in factories to help support her widowed mother and five siblings. She earned an income of $0.10 an hour, working 55 hours a… Continue reading Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen

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Two teens murder the grandparents of one to be together

August 2, 2004 Fayette County, Georgia Holly Harvey (left) and her girlfriend Sandy Ketchum (right) kill Harvey's grandparents On August 2, Ketchum suggested they steal a truck belonging to Harvey's grandfather. Harvey commented "We'll have to kill them first," though she claimed at trial that she "didn't mean nothing by that." Also during trial, when… Continue reading Two teens murder the grandparents of one to be together

Georgia · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man bludgeons wife, children before going on a shooting spree

July 29, 1999 Stockbridge, Georgia Mark Barton goes on a shooting spree at two day trading firms and kills himself, leaving a note explaining the bludgeoning murders of his family the two days before Barton had lost a substantial amount of money — $105,000 — in internet trading and was distraught, which was the motive… Continue reading Man bludgeons wife, children before going on a shooting spree

Georgia · Serial Killers

The first victim of the Atlanta Child Murders is killed

July 21, 1979 Atlanta, Georgia 14-year-old Edward “Teddy,” Hope Smith is murdered, becoming the first in a string of killings known as the “Atlanta Child Murders” Smith disappeared four days before another 14-year-old, Alfred “Q” Evans, disappeared. Both were found on July 28 in a secluded area. Smith has been shot in the back while… Continue reading The first victim of the Atlanta Child Murders is killed