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On August 31, 1972, Hellen Hanks, a pretty thirty-four-year-old
mother of three disappeared from her place of employment at Wilcox
Advertising in Valdosta, Georgia. After a brief investigation by
local and state authorities, the case went cold. In the fall of
1980, a farmer clearing a field south of town discovered a buried
object, a box containing the dismembered remains of the missing
woman. After several months of investigation, police arrested
""Foxy"" Wilcox, his son Keller Wilcox, and two long-term African
American employees of Wilcox Advertising. Keller was charged with
Hanks's murder, and the others with concealing a death. The
Wilcoxes were members of a prominent and wealthy Valdosta family.
To defend their case, they hired famed defense attorney Bobby Lee
Cook. Keller Wilcox's murder trial in January 1982 pitted Cook
against a local prosecution team led by district attorney Lamar
Cole. The case against Wilcox was entirely circumstantial, making
the outcome uncertain. After a trial marked by controversy and
conflicting testimony, Wilcox was convicted and sentenced to life
in prison, all the while proclaiming his innocence. In 1985 he was
freed by a federal judge based primarily on the harsh interrogation
of the black witnesses. The true story of this horrific murder has
all the elements of a work of suspense fiction: money, power, sex,
race, and the haves vs. the have-nots. Multiple lives were forever
changed. The outcome would have been totally different if the box
had been buried only six inches deeper.
A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff recounts the rise and fall of Georgia's
rural population as told through the story of Charles Graves
Rawlings. From modest beginnings as a liveryman, he acquired nearly
40,000 acres of land, as well as a bank, a railroad, and diverse
other businesses. By 1920, he was one of the state's wealthier men,
with a loving wife and family, and powerful political connections.
Five years later he was facing a sentence of life in prison for his
role in the alleged murder of his first cousin, Gus Tarbutton. The
growth of wealth in rural Georgia during the first two decades of
the twentieth century was dramatic, as was the economic crash that
accompanied and followed the so-called Great Recession of 1920 21.
While the rest of the nation recovered rapidly, transitioning to
the era of the Roaring Twenties, the rural South remained mired in
social and financial despair. This is the story of rural Georgia
that foreshadowed our own day, our own story.
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++++ Reports Of Cases Adjudged In The Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania
1828-1835], Volume 1; Reports Of Cases Adjudged In The Supreme
Court Of Pennsylvania 1828-1835]; Pennsylvania. Supreme Court
Pennsylvania. Supreme Court, William Rawle Ellis Ames Ballard T.
& J.W. Johnson, 1885 Law reports, digests, etc
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