Early Graves by Thomas H. Cook
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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
 

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THOMAS H. COOK was born in Fort Payne, Alabama.?He has been nominated for?Edgar Awards seven times in five different categories. He received the Best Novel?Edgar, the Barry for Best Novel, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.
 
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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With a sure hand, Cook details the police procedures involved in unravelling the murders, showing how seemingly unrelated incidents--shots fired into the home of a correction facility worker, the firebombing of another worker's house--contributed to tracking down Neelley and her husband.

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Novelist Cook here turns to nonfiction to tell of the sadistic 1982 murders of two southern teenagers.

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….as did everyone else who read this book of Judith Neelley’s, who along with her husband Alvin, committed some of the most vicious crimes against 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican and 22-year-old Janice Kay Chapman.

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