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By Sheila Johnson
On January 23, 2000, already battered by means of an ice typhoon, the agricultural Alabama lodge city of Mentone was once approximately to be struck via a fair extra terrifying freak disaster. Hurtling down the road in a Lincoln city motor vehicle used to be Hayward Bissell, a 400-pound madman on a homicide rampage. Ramming the pickup truck of Don and Rhea Pirch, Bissell lured Don Pirch directly to the line, working him down along with his car.
Bissell subsequent distinct the house of James and Sue Pumphrey. After stabbing James Pumphrey within the belly, Bissell was once thwarted by way of family members canine, who gave their lives to guard their vendors. Their sacrifice obtained Pumphrey sufficient time to get a gun and scare off Bissell--who didn't recognize the weapon used to be really inoperable.
When Bissell used to be eventually stopped, police came upon that he wasn't on my own. Occupying the passenger seat beside him used to be the mutilated, partly dismembered physique of his pregnant female friend, Patricia Ann Booher.
In February 2002, Bissell pled "guilty yet insane" and was once despatched to legal for all times. was once he relatively loopy? Or used to be he loopy like a fox, turning it off and on to aim to overcome a dying sentence for Booher's homicide. . .
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They were two beloved little innocents, familiar only to family and friends, who became known to the nation through curt descriptions in police bulletins, and their pictures in the newspapers - forever frozen in childhood, in the last-photos-taken before their abduction The friends around that table in 1982 agreed that the '73 shiraz cabernet was a lovely drop. It had been made from McLaren Vale grapes grown just down the road from Greg and Christine Gordon's home. The empty bottle did not go into the trash can.
In Adelaide Nancy Beaumont, mother of Jane, Arnna and Grant - who were nine, seven and four when they were abducted from Glenelg beach on Australia Day 1966 - had been polite and resigned. Les and Kath Ratcliffe were chatty and full of bluster and pent-up hatred for the creep who had taken their 11-year-old daughter Joanne along with Kirste. Greg and Christine Gordon, the last parents he spoke to that January in 1976, were quietly sad, not over-the-top religious but strong in faith; determined not to allow a negative attitude destroy their lives and those of their children.
For 35 years that box has sat on the top shelf of the wardrobe in their bedroom. Christine occasionally looks through them - not as a conscious intention, rather just because she happens to be up in the cupboard looking for something else. 'It is jam-packed with letters, cards and telegrams. We could not answer many of them because there were no return addresses,' she says. 'These were people just wanting to wish us well and offer sympathy. It was amazing, they came from all over Australia. It's when that sort of thing happens that you realise you are not alone,' she says.
Blood Highway by Sheila Johnson