07-17-2013, 05:53 AM #1
GA/NY - CARLTON GARY, Stocking Strangler/aka/Chattahoochee Choker, Columbus, 1970's
Ever since STANDREID started a thread a while back about the Boston Strangler, I've thought there needed to be one about the Columbus, Georgia "Stocking Strangler" (as with many of the Boston cases, victims were older/elderly women) -- but I was a little uncertain where to place it, whether in Serial Killers or Cold Cases -- because, also much as in the Boston cases, there seems to be a lot of confusion about whether one killer committed all the murders in the late 1970s, there is DNA stuff going on that is very confusing, etc.
I just saw a fairly recent (about a year ago) MSM item about Carlton Gary, who was convicted of some of the murders, so I thought I would post that link, and then follow with a link to more of an "overview".
To me, it's a complicated and perplexing case, and I am not truly sure what the status is with Gary as of today -- I hope some of you who post regularly in this section will help fill in some of the gaps.
Carlton Gary seeks another trial, 26 years later
The man convicted in one of Georgia's most infamous cases of murder and sexual assault is seeking another trial 26 years after he was condemned to death. ... He was convicted in 1986 in three of the seven brutal rapes and stranglings that terrorized Columbus in 1977 and 1978.
Carlton Gary: The Columbus, Georgia Stocking Strangler
...As of this writing, the identity of the man who raped Martha Thurmond is unknown. Carlton Michael Gary remains on death row for three murders, of one of which DNA evidence may exonerate him, and uncharged in two murders to which DNA conclusively links him. ...
(The quote above is from the final chapter of the account that begins at this link.)
On a more personal note, I remember when these murders were happening, because I had an aunt living in Columbus at that time; I believe some of the murders happened in her neighborhood, and, also, she was a teacher and I believe some of the murdered women were in (or retired from) the education field.
Last edited by Backwoods; 07-17-2013 at 06:05 AM. Reason: add quote
07-17-2013, 05:23 PM #2
This is the right forum, BW. Thanks for posting.
08-23-2013, 02:02 AM #3
Here's something I stumbled upon while researching a different case.
From Our Georgia History blog:
Wynnton Stocking Strangler
September 15, 1977 - Mary Willis "Ferne" Jackson, Director of Public Education for the Columbus, Georgia Health Department is strangled in her bedroom by an intruder.
September 25, 1977 - 71-year-old Jean Dimenstien is found strangled and assaulted in a sexual manner in her Wynnton (an area of Columbus, Georgia) home. Similar to a murder that had occured 10 days earlier, the elderly women of Columbus had become a target for a serial killer.
Carlton Gary: The Columbus, Georgia Stocking Strangler
Here's another blog with good information including information about the victims with photos:
Sep 11, 1977 -- Gertrude Miller, 64 (survived)
Sep 15, 1977 -- Mary Willis “Ferne” Jackson
Sep 25, 1977 -- Jean Dimenstein, 71
Oct 21, 1977 -- Florence Sheible, 89
Oct 25, 1977 -- Marth Thurmond, 69
Oct 28, 1977 -- Kathleen Woodruff, 77
Feb 12, 1978 -- Ruth Schwob (survived)
Feb 13, 1978 -- Mildred Borom, 78
Apr 19, 1978 -- Janet Cofer, 61
The Women of Wynnton and Their Cold-Blooded Killer
This blog article by Theresa Garcia Robertson mentions two more victims. Geraldine Moore was the first woman to be attacked. She survived. Also:The youngest of the ten women was 54 year old divorcee, Mary Sue Butler Ogletree. She was living in the Peacock Woods Garden Apartments on Forest Avenue and was stabbed to death. Her murder occurred two years after the others and caused quite a stir among those who knew the other cases well. While her murder was different from the others, there are those who argue that the change up reminded them of the Boston Strangler.
New York victims:
May 1970 -- Marion Brewer
July 1970 -- Nellie Farmer
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08-24-2013, 02:18 AM #4
Just last night I ran across this -- apparently, someone out there has a theory that's, well, different...
Columbus native Tim Wilson's book theorizes Ted Bundy committed one of the Stocking Stranglings
...The book theorizes that Bundy, a notorious serial killer, killed one of the Stocking Stranglings in 1978, after escaping from the Glenwood Springs, Colo., jail. It also theorizes that Bundy, rather than William Hance, killed two prostitutes in Columbus. ...
08-24-2013, 09:39 AM #5
I've often wondered if some serial killers compete with each other for attention from the public as with the Boston Strangler and Jack the Stripper, Zodiac and Bible John or Jack the Ripper and the Thames Torso Murderer. In this case there was proof that another serial killer named William Hance aka "The Chairman of the Forces of Evil" was competing with Gary for attention.This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
01-10-2014, 06:37 AM #6DNA Profile from Gary Case Turns Up in Atlanta Shooting
Unsealed court records reveal yet another surreal twist to the continuing saga of convicted "Stocking Strangler" Carlton Gary.
This twist involves the same issue uncovered this past November when prosecutors revealed a DNA test appearing to clear Gary in the October 25, 1977, rape and strangling of Martha Thurmond was the result of laboratory contamination. ...
ETA: Found the original source for the full-length article, so adding that link here:
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03-08-2014, 09:32 PM #7
My bid to clear an innocent Death Row prisoner: How reporter went to court to prove convicted U.S. murderer could not have killed seven women because his feet are bigger than the real culprit's
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03-28-2014, 10:38 AM #8
Not only are his feet too big, DNA and bite mark impressions might win him a new trial.In fact, in the case of State vs Carlton Gary, the shoe evidence is far from the most compelling concern. Most disconcertingly, a DNA test has conclusively ruled him out as the source of semen found on the nightdress of the strangler’s first victim.
Gertrude Miller was 64 when she was raped and throttled in 1977. She narrowly survived the attack.
Last week Dr Greg Hampikian confirmed in his testimony the difference in DNA. He is a leading DNA scientist who conducted the analysis that led to the first, successful appeal by Amanda Knox, the American student accused of killing her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia.
Then Dr Thomas David, an expert forensic dentist, testified that a distinctive mould of the murderer’s teeth, which was made from a savage bite wound on the breast of another victim – 61-year-old Janet Cofer – does not match Gary’s teeth. The mould shows the killer had crowded and twisted lower teeth, while Gary’s are perfectly even. Indeed, at the time of the murders, he was working as a model.
Jan 02, 1977: Jean Frost, 55, raped and choked until unconscious; Syracuse, NY. Frost's watch found in CG's possession.
Aug 22, 1977: CG escapes prison in Syracuse
Sep 01, 1977: Moves to 1027 Fisk Ave
Sep 11, 1977: Gertrude Miller, 64, 2703 Hood St, Columbus, GA, two blocks from Fisk Ave; raped by intruder, survives.
Sep 15, 1977: Mary Willis “Ferne” Jackson, 59, 2505 17th St; raped, beaten and strangled; body covered. Car later is found on Benner Ave, near Fisk Ave. Palm print in home.
Sep 25, 1977: Jean Dimenstein, 66, 3027 21st St; raped, beaten, strangled; body covered. Car found on King St and Rigdon Rd, about four blocks from Fisk Ave.
Oct 04, 1977: CG moves to 3231 Old Buena Vista Rd
Oct 08, 1977: Callye East, 75 and Nellie Sanderson, 78, (sisters), Eberhart Ave home burglarized. Sanderson's son, Henry, is visiting at the time. His car is found on Buena Vista Rd.
Oct 21, 1977: Florence Sheible, 89, 1941 Dimon St; raped, strangled. Eyewitnesses ID'd CG who was seen near the apartment. Fingerprint on a door frame.
Oct 25, 1977: Marth Thurmond, 69, 2614 Marion St; raped and strangled. CG visited a cousin and a friend nearby. Fingerprints on bathroom window.
Oct 28, 1977: Kathleen Woodruff, 74, 1811 Buena Vista Road; raped and strangled, body covered. Palm and fingerprints on a window.
Jan 01, 1978: Abraham Illges, 85 and wife, 75, Brookside Dr home burglarized. Cadillac found at restaurant on Victory Dr.
Feb 11, 1978: Burglar alarm thwarts an attempted break in at the Illges home
Feb 11, 1978: Ruth Schwob, 74, 1800 Carter Ave, nearly strangled with a stocking by intruder. Alarm comes in 30 minutes after incident at Illges home.
Feb 12, 1978: Mildred Borom, 78, 1612 Forest Ave (two blocks from Schwob residence), raped and strangled with window blind cord; body covered with a garment.
Apr 20, 1978: Janet Cofer, 61, 3783 Steam Mill Rd, raped and strangled; face covered with pillow.
June 1978: CG begins making trips from Columbus to Gainesville, FL; Macon, GA; Birmingham, AL; and Greenville, SC.
More here, http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/...on-recaps.html
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02-04-2015, 09:26 PM #9
02-13-2015, 12:59 AM #10
Give me a break! . Gary is guilty of everything he was accused of & probably a lot more. He beat, raped terrorized & murdered old women. He is a robber, car thief, jail escapee & all-around ****! He confessed to the Columbus stranglings & explained how he broke into the houses. He was caught with victims' possessions.
Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/...#storylink=cpy
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