"Rich Georgian Strangely Shot": Eugene Grace, "Daisy of the Leopard Spots" and the Great Atlanta Shooting of 1912by Tom Hughes
In March 1912, Gene Grace, a young Atlanta businessman, was found shot in the locked bedroom of his fashionable home “between the Peachtrees.” Daisy Grace, his flashily dressed Yankee wife from Philadelphia, was soon arrested on a charge of assault with intent to murder. Gene Grace was left paralyzed but, more importantly, he was powerless legally. Under Georgia law, he could not testify against his wife. Prosecutors were forced to rely instead upon the circumstantial evidence of an alleged “diabolical plot.” The Atlanta newspapersled by the Georgian, under the very new control of Mr. Hearst, that giant of “yellow journalism”covered the case relentlessly. Papers across the country followed the drama for months, which concluded with a five-day trial held in the searing heat of a Georgia summer. This is the never-before-told story of the tragic romance between “the Adonis of a country town” and the woman known to all as “Daisy of the Leopard Spots.”
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Meet the Author
Long-time Atlanta resident Tom Hughes was a radio news host and journalist for more than 30 years and is a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He is a contributing writer to the London-based Marylebone Journal.
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I really enjoyed this book. Who knew that Atlanta had more to it than grits, Gone With The Wind and the civil rights movement! The author does a great job of describing the look and feel of Atlanta, the press, law enforcement and the state of criminal law in 1912. The writing is tight, at times humorous, and Mr. Hughes' opinions regarding what happened are presented in a low key way. It certainly seems like he would enjoy discussing anyone else's point of view of Daisy's guilt or innocence. One can immediately tell that the author enjoyed researching the incident and the telling of the tale. I look forward to his next book!
I love true crime books and - other than the Leo Frank case - Atlanta hasn't produced too many worthy tales. This is an excellent book, full of great detail about the city. The background of the ill-starred marriage of Gene and Daisy is fascinating and the eventual locked room mystery is a puzzler. I went back and forward on how I think it all went down. The courtroom scenes are well drawn. Fun read. Recommended highly.