Early Graves by Thomas H. Cook
A gut-wrenching true-crime account of a couple on a twisted killing spree in the American South
Evil has a way of finding itself. How else could you explain the bond between Alvin and Judith Ann Neelley, who consecrated their marriage in blood? Before the killings started, they restricted themselves to simple mischief: prank calls, vandalism, firing guns at strangers' houses. Gradually their ambition grew, until one day at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, they spotted Lisa Ann Millican.
Three days after Lisa Ann disappeared, the thirteen-year-old girl was found shot and pumped full of liquid drain cleaner. In between her abduction and her death, she was subjected to innumerable horrors. And she was only the first to die. Drawing on police records and extensive interviews, Thomas H. Cook recounts the story of Judith Ann Neelley, who at nineteen became the youngest woman ever sentenced to death row.
“Strong writing, particularly in the portrait of the South’s urban Tobacco Roads, enhances the book’s grisly appeal.” - Publishers Weekly
“Cook has shown himself to be a writer of poetic gifts, constantly pushing against the presumed limits of crime fiction.” - Los Angeles Times Book Review
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