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    June 26: 1997: Betsy Nutt, 41, and her son Cody, 15, were shot to death execution style in their Refugio, TX home. Jermaine Herron and Derrick Wayne Frazier were both convicted and executed for their murders.

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Dr. C. Leroy Adams murder 8/3/1952 Live Oak, FL *Ruby McCollum was then declared incompetent to stand trial and sent to the Florida State Hospital*

C Leroy Adams
Dr. C. Leroy Adams Jr

Find-A-Grave: Dr Clifford LeRoy Adams, Jr
Ruby McCollum Is Judged Insane (part 1)
Ruby McCollum Judged Insane (part 2)
Ruby McCollum Is Adjudged Insane
Ruby McCollum shooting creates widespread scandal in 1952
Murderpedia: Ruby McCollum
Wikipedia: Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum, Murder Trial Figure, Faces New Court Action
Memory Of Murder Fades After 28 Years
No Animosity Against Ruby
17 Years After Doc’s Murder, She sits in State Hospital
The Sad Story of Ruby McCollum (very nice article)

Books
State of Florida Vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant
The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in the South
Zora Hurston and the Strange Case of Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum,: Woman in the Suwannee jail
The Trial of Ruby McCollum: The true-crime story that shook the foundations of the Segregationist South!
Everybody’s Ruby

Movies/Documentaries
Curtain of Secrecy: The Ruby McCollum Story (movie trailer)
A Crime To Remember: The Shot Doctor

Ruby McCollum
Ruby McCollum

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3 Responses

  1. Sometimes, it’s difficult to believe that fifty short years ago, human beings were treated MUCH worse than most people treat animals today…. Relatively speaking, half of a century is equivalent to the blink of an eye. This is such a sad story.

  2. PS. Forgive me if this is a stupid question Bonnie, but did you read “Memory of Murder Fades After 28 Years”? The prosecuting attorney, Keith Black, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice; charges were dropped, but only after he suffered a “sever heart attack”. The sentencing judge was also indicted, on similar charges; the charges were eventually dropped, but he was not re-elected. Dirty and corrupt, from the top down. *smh*

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