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Dave and Estelle Akeman murder 11/10/1973 Ridgetop, TN *John A. Brown and Marvin Douglas Brown convicted of the robbery-murder of Hee Haw star*

Dave and Estelle AkemanI am not a fan of country music, however, while growing up, we watched Hee Haw every week in our home. I remember Stringbean. Of course, growing up I did not know that he had been murdered. I remembered him in the cornfield and playing the banjo. It saddened me to see such a heinous crime, one committed solely for greed, as the 2 involved, John A. Brown and Marvin Douglas Brown, were after the fortune they believed Stringbean and his wife Estelle had hidden in their tiny cabin. They did not expect Stringbean to have a gun and actually shoot back, unsuccessful as that was. However, Estelle heard the shots and started to run. She was on her knees, crying and begging, but was shot and killed anyway. An act of cowardice and coldness. Marvin Brown died in prison about 5 years ago, but John Brown has just recently appeared before the parole board. When the Judge sentenced these two, he gave them each two 99 year sentences, to be served consecutively, NOT concurrently. He wanted to make sure that neither walked out of prison alive. Nor should they.

*UPDATE*
John Brown was granted parole today. He should be released sometime in the next few weeks.

Find-A-Grave: David “Stringbean” Akeman
Stringbean Memorial Festival
David Akeman, wife murdered in Nashville
Country Star, Wife Murdered
‘Stringbean’ arrests are made
Pair Guilty Of Akeman Slayings
Sentences given in stars’ deaths
Convictions close the Stringbean slayings
David “Stringbean” Akeman
Stringbean
Murder in the Kornfield: The Life and Death of Stringbean
THE GHOST OF STRINGBEAN
Hillbilly Homicides
David Akeman
Wikipedia: David “Stringbean” Akeman
Convicted Killer Says Can’t Recall Murder
Parole talk angers Stringbean’s friends
Justices Hear Murderer’s Plea for mercy
Opry star Stringbean Akeman’s killer gets parole
Killer of Country Comic ‘Stringbean’ Gets Parole

Movies/Documentaries
Nashville: Murder in Music City (Season One)

OFFENDER INFORMATION

BROWN, JOHN A
TOMIS ID Birth Date Race Sex Supervision Status Location Sentence Begin Parole Eligibility Parole
Hearing Hearing Result Sentence End

00078576 10/12/1950 W M INCARCERATED SPND 01/16/1974 11/12/1997 07/23/2008 PENDING 11/11/2059

BROWN, MARVIN DOUGLAS
TOMIS ID Birth Date Race Sex Supervision Status Location Sentence Begin Parole Eligibility Parole
Hearing Hearing Result Sentence
End
00078585 08/04/1950 W M DEAD 01/16/1974 03/19/2149

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