11-10-2013, 11:38 PM #1
KY - Betty Gail Brown, 19, Lexington, 27 October 1961
Very interesting story with many twists and turns...
Betty Gail Brown’s murder 50 years ago still unsolved.
Nineteen-year-old Betty Gail Brown didn't believe in the death penalty. In an essay she wrote while a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, Brown stated: “When a man commits a crime, he no longer has the right to liberty, but his right of life should never be taken away from him.” Her belief that criminals, even murderers, should be shown compassion and allowed to become productive members of society was simply stated in her essay. One may wonder, though, if Betty Gail’s stance would still apply to the person who murdered her in the early hours of Oct. 27, 1961.
Her body was found in her car in the driveway of Transylvania's Old Morrison early in the morning of Oct. 27, 1961. According to a 1984 Herald-Leader article, Brown's car showed signs of a violent struggle. But the only marks on her body were bruises on the left side of her neck — where the straps of her brassiere had been twisted to strangle her — and a small cut and bruise above her left eye and a scalp laceration. Her car keys were found in the back seat. Blood was on the dashboard and on the window next to the body.
Four years later, a drifter and former horse groom named Alex Arnold confessed to the crime. But when the case went to trial in October 1965, the jury could not reach a verdict. Arnold was never retried.
Unsolved for more than 50 years, Betty Gail’s murder is still being investigated by the LPD, but as time passes leads become harder to find.
Last edited by bessie; 11-21-2013 at 11:23 AM. Reason: snipped to comply with 10% copyright rule"When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead, after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls, ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest, and bear unfaltering in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection."
11-13-2013, 09:46 PM #2Registered User
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Was Arnold ever polygraphed? I'm trying to figure out how she removed her bra without taking her blouse off; if she'd been fooling around with someone, I wouldn't think she'd just put her blouse back on and leave her bra off. Today maybe but not back in 1961. She seems to have had a good reputation. Puzzling.
11-17-2013, 12:56 PM #3"When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead, after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls, ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest, and bear unfaltering in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection."
11-10-2015, 10:38 AM #4
Another possible perp - a serial killer - from November 2010:
Lexington police detective Rob Wilson told WKRC-TV in Cincinnati that similarities between the attack of the 19-year-old on Oct. 27, 1961, and other murders has prompted a review of deaths connected to Nolan Ray George, 67.
George, a native of London, Ky., is currently in the Oakland County, Mich., jail, charged with a 1968 murder in Pontiac, Mich. He has not been charged in Betty Gail Brown's death.
"The manner of death, the absence of sexual activity in the situation, the violence of it — there are certainly similarities," Wilson told the Cincinnati television station... Police could find no apparent motive. Robbery was ruled out because Brown's purse and other belongings were lying untouched beside her. She had not been raped.
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