Blood Echoes by Thomas H. Cook
The Infamous Alday Mass Murder and Its Aftermath

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A true-crime account of a vicious massacre and the legal battles that followed
It was not a clever killing. On May 5, 1973, three men escaped from a Maryland prison and disappeared. Joined by a fifteen-year-old brother, they surfaced in Georgia, where they were spotted joyriding in a stolen car. Within a week, the four young men were arrested on suspicion of committing one of the most horrific murders in American history.  Jerry Alday and his family were eating Sunday dinner when death burst through the door of their cozy little trailer. Their six bodies are only the beginning of Thomas H. Cook’s retelling of this gruesome story; the horrors continued in the courtroom. Based on court documents, police records, and interviews with the surviving family members, this is a chilling look at the evil that can lurk just around the corner.
 

About Thomas H. Cook

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Thomas H. Cook is the author of twenty-three books, including The Chatham School Affair, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and, most recently, The Last Talk with Lola Faye.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Cook's splendid novel finds a true-crime writer back in his rural Georgia hometown to attend the funeral of its sheriff, whose last investigation he seeks to complete.

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Probably the most famous crime in Georgia history was the 1973 cold-blooded slaughter of six members of the religious, law-abiding Alday farm family by four drifters from Baltimore: brothers Billy and Carl Isaacs, their half-brother Wayne Coleman and friend George Dungee.

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With this scorching indictment of the legal and court systems, Cook shows how justice was not done in the case of the 1973 Alday mass murder, perhaps the most famous crime in Georgia history.

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