Writer of “Columbus the Stocking Giver” Visiting Sunday

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Within the late 70’s, individuals in Columbus and Phenix Metropolis had been scared to demise when a number of ladies, most of them aged, had been raped and murdered – strangled to demise with their very own socks.

Carlton Gary was finally arrested and convicted within the Nineteen Eighties of being a so-called A brand new guide detailing the details of the case has now been printed. The creator is visiting town of Fontana this weekend.

Carlton Gary was convicted in 1986 of solely three of the seven murders in Columbus. One factor that’s talked about within the guide is the eighth sufferer and why the appeals course of took over 30 years.

“This man was a serial killer identical to Bundy and John Wayne Gacy and Son of Sam. Actually, NBC Information – I did not know this – it is within the guide – referred to as him the ‘Southern Son of Sam,'” retired decide Invoice Smith mentioned.

For seven months within the late Seventies, individuals in Columbus and Phoenix Metropolis lived in worry as a person referred to as the “Sock Satan” went on a killing spree.

“There was a second serial killer working in Columbus on the similar time – the so-called ‘Forces of Evil’ serial killer, who was a soldier at Fort Benning, who killed two ladies in Columbus and really killed two different ladies elsewhere. mentioned creator William Rawlings.

The suspect arrested and convicted of murdering three aged ladies in Columbus is Carlton Gary, born and raised in Columbus. Decide Smith was the prosecutor on the case.

“In every of these circumstances we had his fingerprint — a loaded fingerprint — discovered on the sufferer’s crime scene and he additionally gave a press release admitting his involvement in every of them,” Decide Smith mentioned.

However police say Gary was linked to a complete of seven murders in Columbus and two related circumstances in New York, the place he finally moved.

Gary was finally arrested in 1984, and after being convicted in 1986, Gary was executed 32 years later.

I spoke with the guide’s creator, William Rawlings, detailing the horrific crimes.

“I believe what fascinated me about it was the truth that that is a kind of circumstances the place if it was fiction, you could not make up among the twists that occurred. It was an odd and weird story,” mentioned Rawlings.

Readers may also be taught the story of the so-called “eighth sufferer.”

“A younger girl in her 30s who was deathly afraid of strangulation,” Decide Smith mentioned.

Decide Smith says the lady was a trainer in Columbus who lived close to Gary, who usually stayed together with her mother and father in Fort Mitchell after the killings started. After she was concerned in a deadly automotive accident on her means again to Columbus, her household says she wouldn’t have died if Gary had stayed in jail.

Rawlings can be at Dinglewood Pharmacy Sunday from 1-5pm for a guide signing. Anybody who reveals up may also have the ability to buy a replica of the guide.

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