The Columbus Stocking Strangler…25 days out



You know, Benjamin Franklin once wrote:

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about…”

So, I did.

It has been 24 days since Carlton Gary took his last breath and left this world and all the people who wanted him gone; nay, needed him gone, so they could continue to cover up their original part in the evidence manipulation and pseudo investigations, have all sighed a collective sigh of relief. But I have news for them…enjoy the fresh air while you can, because the stench of corruption continues to rise from your pile of unadulterated bull and it has permeated the air that surrounds your halls of justice. Your execution has silenced one voice, but it wasn’t the last voice. Take heart Columbus, though he filled those final hours with hope and grace, as he a waited his fate…Carlton Gary filled the hundreds before them with information and it’s all in the book; except for a few recent tidbits, I’ve saved for trusted law enforcement, my attorney and the opening of the next book. Information that others will not be able to hide behind, using their legal cordons, as protective caveats.

In most cases, I prefer not to meet face to face with felons to remain objective and open to opposing suppositions, but something about the incredible discrepancies in this case made it almost necessary. Over several years and 4,000 hours of hardcore, extensive investigating much has been learned. From my first introduction to the case till now,  enough information has been garnered to produce a 740-page documentation full of political and private agendas, along with credible and actionable physical and circumstantial evidence, that will give you a case of Mala-toes (curled toes)… just like your DA suggested Carlton must have had, in order to stuff and curl his whopping size 13-1/2 – 14 sized feet, into those little 8-1/2 – 9 sized Puma tennis shoes, to match the shoe mold evidence they proffered secured his guilt.

Just because Carlton is no longer here to defend himself and the case has been closed…that just gives me more room to wiggle about amongst your past. You see, a great many pillars of society in your little burg of Columbus have a great deal more to hide than just state sanctioned murder now. If Bayard feels threatened, will he release suggestive photos, films…or recount anecdotal stories of white officials in his home, who had a penchant for porn, whipping little black boys, who were drugged and restrained to basement walls?


Will he finally talk about the children being held against their will and tortured or even frozen to death in your local ice houses, as those in charge of your cities made their drug deals between kingpin buyers in Columbus, Las Vegas, New York and Atlanta? Folks and officials that could not afford to have their distribution networks interrupted.

So, here’s where the rubber meets the road kiddies…

Now, I’m not saying that Carlton was a choir boy. Hell, even Carlton never told anybody he was a choir boy and openly confessed to felonious activities; drug dealing and burglary. He even told me who were some of his highest paying buyers, who shouldn’t breathe too easy yet either. But for a man who was supposed to be such a brutal killer, he never once displayed any sort of demeanor that suggested anything other than being an overconfident ladies man and a player; a purveyor of goods from those who could get it, to those who could afford to buy it.

Do you know that back in the day, it was suggested that they bring in a lie detector and a technician from outside Atlanta to use on some folks like Carlton, and Wayne Williams, just to see what the results were? And do you know that your Police Chief, in charge at the time, was all over that, until the technician said he would first have to use it on several of the Columbus cops themselves, to establish a baseline of truth?

Can you guess what happened next?

Well, you don’t have to. Why? Because the technician told me that as soon as the proposition that he use the Columbus police as a control group (truth tellers) was put forth…the Chief hung up. Guess he was smart enough to know there wasn’t enough truth to go around in his department to establish anything other than a solid line of bull, that lead from one end of City Hall to the other and from there, straight to the State Capital.

And again, did you know that although everybody keeps talking about the Puma shoe mold evidence (including me) …there were several other instances where the bare feet of the killer were captured in imprints in dirt and sand too? Did they tell you about them? Nope…why? Because they were only size 8-1/2 – 9 and it’s hard to fake a 13-14 size foot, as an 8-1/2 – 9 in the sand, flat footed with toes unfurled, huh?  And, remember those papers found from one of the original investigators; the ones left it in an attic I mentioned before? Multiple witnesses identified Lee Bayard and his car(s) more often than any other name on their “official” suspect list? So why wasn’t he added to it? Especially after they ‘confirmed’ in 2016 and 2017 they knew he was still alive? These are just some of the sampled pieces of exculpatory evidence the Prosecution didn’t want you to know about.

As stated before, the DA’s father had been in business with Bayard (Columbus Concert Series) and had a personal relationship with him. Now in real law, that would require the DA to recuse herself from any case Mr. Landscaper had been a suspect in. Gosh, that would mean that the Mary Sue Ogletree case and the Michael Curry case, along with the Strangler’ cases should have been off limits to her…even the Jim Burn’s or Braxton Nail case. But, only in Columbus where your law education is funded by another of Bayard’s buddies, can you get away with playing hide and seek with the truth. And that goes for the Public Defender in the Curry case as well, who used to party hearty at the Bayard estate, back in the day.

But take heart…

The book, LORDS OF THE HARVEST: A TRUE CRIME INVESTIGATIVE MEMOIR is just that; an investigative dossier that contains the information law enforcement and public alike need to make the judgement for themselves. Judgements about Carlton Gary’s case and those we are now able to connect to it; including all the documented connective tissues of information and evidence that your District Attorney and the Prosecution conveniently left out.

So, Columbus, if you are really interested in what the phrase: “Down in the jungle room” really meant to some of these folks who swallowed their morals, along with a lot of other unsavory things to save their own, grab your laptops and hit up and buy the book. You have no idea what else took place behind the clapboarded walls of your pretty boulevards and gingerbread trimmed houses.  It will be a real trip down memory lane. Especially since some of you own houses where other folks once resided. Some, where parts of other victims still reside!

Want to know what involved purple capes out under the power lines in Harris County and who wore them? Want to know how a local Columbus ice house, A YMCA and a Greyhound Bus station figures into the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases…not to mention the underground playground for your killers?

Buy the book…

There is so much you don’t know about this case…the Katharina Wright case, the Michael Curry case, the Jim Burn’s and Braxton Nail cases, along with the Mary Sue Ogletree case. And that doesn’t even include the other cases in Richland and Atlanta, Georgia and other murders now connected to them in states beyond.

If no justice in this case can be found before death…then let it be found after.

The real merit in the U. S. court system is, even after a person has been executed, we have the right to make sure it wasn’t a wrongful conviction. Murder…even sanctioned by the state, has no statute of expiration. You have the right to ask questions of the people who made these decisions for you—the people who withheld information from you! The victims were murdered and to satisfy your sense of justice, another man was murdered.

The real killer is still roaming free.

I know it… they know it…he knows it and now, so do you.

The families of the victims deserved more than just another murder…they deserved the truth.

Find it inside the pages of this book…



(Jacket teaser)



Dear Reader,

While it is not my intention to begin this book with a riddle for levity’s sake, it is my intention to ask you to use your intellect from page one. You see, some murders are prompted by basic emotions that render a killer’s motivation most obvious. Other murders are committed out of a need to serve a higher purpose, such as personal or ideological loyalty, and/or religious martyrdom. But the Columbus Stocking Strangler murders will never rise to the elegance of such, no matter how much the perpetrators of these atrocities might insist. These graphic slayings of seven elderly white women were executed for a series of reasons that for over almost four decades have gone undecipherable and, in the end, were simply part of a much larger puzzle that until now has remained hidden.

So, let us continue with the riddle…

What is another word for Thesaurus?

Thought provoking, isn’t it?

For how do you describe something that in essence exists only to describe everything else, but not itself? I think you would agree with me then, that sometimes there simply isn’t a better word or group of words to describe a thing other than the words that originally describes it the best. Thus, you have the reason why the title for this book could be nothing other than: LORDS OF THE HARVEST: A TRUE CRIME INVESTIGATIVE MEMOIR.

This investigative memoir begins with my introduction to the murders in Columbus, Georgia in 1977, where the word harvest took on another meaning and the tools that were used to harvest these ‘matured’ victims will not only shock you—but lead you to other horrors, once shrouded in mystery and considered as stand-alone or disconnected serial murders… until my discovery of the key that unlocks them all.

The Chicago Lipstick Murders

The Black Dahlia

The Boston Stranglings

The Zodiac Murders

The Sonoma Stranglings

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children

The Orange County Michigan Murders

The abduction of Johnny Gosch and many more…


T.A. Powell is a spiritually motivated investigative forensics author who works with both active and retired law enforcement, along with another psychic medium detective to help those who have crossed over to solve their own murders. Next novel, THE DEAD LINE: TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A DIXIE MAFIA ASSASSIN by T.A. Powell in the works. All novels available through in paperback and Kindle format too.






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