''Rich Georgian Strangely Shot'': Eugene Grace, ''Daisy of the Leopard Spots'' and the Great Atlanta Shooting of 1912

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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 newspapers--led 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786470785
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/22/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 "Rich Georgian Strangely Shot" 5

2 "What have you told these people, Gene?" 11

3 "Adonis from a Country Town" 17

4 The Philadelphia Belle 20

5 "A heart broken man" 25

6 Between the Peachtrees 32

7 Burglar or Butler? 38

8 To the Tower 43

9 "A diabolical plot" 48

10 "Hell, no, I'm not going to die" 53

11 The House of Mystery 58

12 To Philadelphia 67

13 Gene Grace in a Bad Light 76

14 Hearst Stirring Up Atlanta 85

15 An Operation 91

16 "A deathlike stillness" 97

17 The Bloody Bundle Redux 104

18 Mother Hill's Ordeal 111

19 The Alibi Letters 121

20 A Grocer Calls 127

21 "Gentlemen, I am innocent" 135

22 Inhuman Creature or Persecuted Woman 146

23 "We, the jury" 155

24 Purely Speculation 161

25 The Final Chapter 170

Chapter Notes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 191

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. Who knew that Atlanta had more to it

    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!

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    I love true crime books and - other than the Leo Frank case - At

    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.

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