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Echoes from the Valley: 2nd Edition

Echoes from the Valley: 2nd Edition

by Billy Powell


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If you enjoy reading about real murders in a small southern town, this book is for you. During the 1930s and 40s, Fort Valley, Georgia, was not the sleepy, tranquil, little hamlet as envisioned, but a community where murders were occurring with alarming frequency-- killings so sensational and shockingly gruesome that they remain hot topics to this day. The horrific slaying of Denise Murray Allison in 1986--the most savage and brutal killing in local history-- was never prosecuted. Her demonic killer still walks free among the townsfolk. The clues therein may lead you to the killer's identity.

Fort Valley, originally named Fox Valley, was once the "Peach Capital of the World." During the 1920s, some 50 thousand visitors converged on Fort Valley to view its vast sea of peach blossoms, to witness extravagant parades, and to eat free barbeque. The railroad arrived during the 1850s and was later used to transport peaches to northern markets. Peach County was created in 1924, incorporating Fort Valley with the whistle stops at Byron and Powersville. In 1927, Lawrence Luce built his first school bus and established Blue Bird Body Company as the nation's premier bus manufacturer. In 1895, an all-black college, Fort Valley State University, was founded. Included are many sensational stories such as the man buried crossways the world, the man buried alive, the bloody fight at Bay Creek, and the police-drug dealer shoot-out on Chapman Road.

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ISBN-13: 9781514338186
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2006
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

The book's author is Billy Powell, a sixth generation Fort Valleyan. His great grandfather, Robert Braswell of Fort Valley, Georgia, fought with the 57th Georgia Infantry and defended the city of Atlanta during the Civil War. His great, great grandfather, Dr. Henry Troup Love of Fort Valley, was a medical doctor and captain in the Confederate Army. His great, great, great grandfather, Williamson Mims of Fort Valley, a wealthy plantation owner, was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Fort Valley and was a contemporary and friend of James A. Everett, Fort Valley's founder. Powell has authored four books, published on and working on a fifth.

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