One dot at a time…


Already knocking on the back door of the second week of the New Year, things are beginning to shift and make themselves known. While I believe I have divined the nucleus of reason for Charley’s murder, there are still so many odd fingerlings of guilt and motivations that ooze from its borders that I am want to continue to see where they lead.
Take for instance the mention of the New Hampshire association. What we ask is the connection between the city of Valdosta… indeed… the state of Georgia to New Hampshire in 1966? In order to find the appropriate segue, we must enlist our collective knowledge of the key players in connection to the clue… and we see it is politically motivated, well…
Do your homework children. What major event and/or scenario becomes most relevant to New Hampshire when you add the genus of politics into the mix? Hmmmm… Well, if you trip the light fantastic to Wikipedia… you will find that the biggest thing to happen in New Hampshire in 1966 of political notoriety was– that it was the site of the Presidential Primary. Hmmmmm… big stakes poker there! Again then, break that down and look for the finer threads that bind the sand littered shoulders of Valdosta highways to New England shores and you get what?.
What was the political climate in Georgia around the time of Charley’s death? Look at your history books children! The gubernatorial race was hot and heavy that year. There were several Democratic hopefuls that year: former Gov. Ellis Arnall, former Lt. Gov. Garland Byrd and Senator Jimmy Carter in addition to two segregationists- Lester Maddox and James Gray Sr. running for the Democratic nomination. In the Primary that was held September 14, 1966; Arnall received 29.3% , Maddox 23.5% and Carter 20.8%, Gray 19.4%, Byrd 5% of the vote. With no clear front runner with the majority- there was a runoff between Arnall and Maddox. In the runoff on September 28, 1966 Maddox took 54.2% of the vote and ran against the republican candidate Howard “Bo” Callway; with Callaway retaining 46.5% of the vote as opposed to Maddox’s 46.2% of the vote- with a write in vote o 7% for Arnall. Thus, with neither claiming 50% of the vote, the Georgia General Assembly was allowed to select the new governor for the state of Georgia. The legislature, being dominated by Democrats at the time left Maddox to claim the spoils.

Now children… duly educated, we can look differently upon things with hindsight.
Working with potential political personalities in Georgia who had ties to Valdosta… then add a location such as New Hampshire… then color that with a political intent… a partial address along with loose diamonds in the hands of a known female courier and… and you begin to see what? (By the way, this is what criminology likes to call an illusory correlation. Attaching significance to seemingly unrelated things; is remarkably what I like to call it intuition- which is sometimes dangerous to rely upon, but often tends to cull out the white noise of superfluous information and helps me find a more feasible path to follow.)
And you have what?

Now… let’s toss in some pretty uncomely local political bedfellows and we can sense some intrigue. And when I Google this specific address given; and/or partial address, as it were… I am suddenly connected to several options. And one of these very curious options is located in… where? Rochester, New Hampshire. Why curious, you ask? Because it is in New Hampshire and that is the impressionistic segue presented in the shorthand of the dead. You see how this works now? I get several innocuous clues that seemingly are unrelated, but in the shorthand they become liken to bullet points; then I connect the dots and…
Oh, trust me! I have had some clues that felt like they were wild goose chases. But that was only until these random fowl landed next to other random fowl that kept them grounded long enough for me to make the correlation. Once that is done, then I must begin to fill in all the spaces in between them and find a way to prove my theory.
One dot at a time!

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