Label: Ovation Records - OV-1726 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country
Then, it was quickly lost in the shuffle of Watergate, Skylab and the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III. In Short Life And Trouble - Stringbean - Goin To The Grand Ole Opry around Music City, though, the hillbilly homicides were only the beginning.
Not many days later, another Opry performer and his lady friend wound up dead in a pool Mayonnaise - Various - The Big Itch Volume 8 blood with bullets in their backs, A Girl Like You - Cliff Richard - Cliff In The 60s Nashville entered a period of fear that could only be compared to Hollywood in the days following the Manson murders.
Tell Me A Secret - Ludacris - Battle Of The Sexes was a time from which the city, and music scene, never recovered. Stringbean was Dave Akeman, the long, tall, sad-faced virtuoso banjo player and country comedian who made himself Termini - Various - Trippin Tunes Vol.
II even longer, taller, and stringbeanier by wearing a costume of a shoulder-to-ankle shirt tucked into a little short pair of blue jeans belted way down below his knees so he looked like he had an extra-long trunk and tiny little legs.
Born in Kentucky, Stringbean was one of the best clawhammer banjo pickers ever. Everybody in Nashville knew the stories about Stringbean. You see, even though Stringbean was most surely a millionaire, he lived in a tiny little cabin on the top of a hill like some kind of hillbilly. His only extravagances, if you could call them that inwere a color television set and a Cadillac car.
Stringbean bought a new Cadillac every year, and he paid cash. Not that he knew how to drive. His wife Estelle drove him everywhere. Stringbean and Estelle were known to flash wads of green when they came into town. Any money he had, folks guessed, he carried around on his person. Or, they figured, he kept piled up in his cabin. Stacks of money. Maybe in the walls. Maybe under the outhouse. Maybe millions. Jones Short Life And Trouble - Stringbean - Goin To The Grand Ole Opry well known, too.
He was Grandpa Jones, a banjo player and old timey singer who often performed with Stringbean at the Opry. On Hee Hawhe and Stringbean were joined at the hip. It looked as if she was running away when somebody shot her in the back. Stringbean, covered in blood and also shot dead, was face-down, inside the house. Why would anyone want to harm String? Money, I guess. Look at that little house. Roy Acuff center with police at the Stringbean murder scene.
Police said the motive surely was robbery. There was evidence that there may have been three killers, since the fatal bullets came in three different calibers. A bullet hole at the back of the cabin indicated Stringbean may have gotten off some shots himself. Odd, though, with all that talk about Stringbean not trusting banks, that detectives found seven bank books in the cabin. All added up, they showed that Stringbean had entrusted the bankers with more than half a million of his dollars.
Tuesday night, November 27seventeen nights after Stringbean and Estelle pulled their Cadillac up to their cabin for the last time, police were called to Milson Alley near the intersection of Jo Johnston and 12th Avenues in North Nashville. The body of fifty-five year-old Jimmy Widener was sprawled out in the brush near the alleyway.
Splayed across his legs was the body of Mildred Hazelwood. Both had been beaten up and shot from behind, twice, he in the back and neck, she in the back and head, with a pistol, execution-style. Mildred was forty-seven, the widow of performer and songwriter Eddie Hazelwood. Jimmy was a guitar player. The story emerged they were just friends, if that. Mildred had come to town to sell some songs and unreleased recordings from her dead husband.
Jimmy was Short Life And Trouble - Stringbean - Goin To The Grand Ole Opry of going solo. No wallet or purse was found with the victims, so the robbery theory sounded right. Even so, Bud Wendell, manager of the Opry House, exhibited a big case of the willies.
Eighteen days, four corpses, two of them Opry performers killed after visiting the Opry. Who was killing the country stars? After Stringbean and his wife were murdered, Nashville stars made sure to lock their doors. In wake of this latest countrified double murder, country music greats, like the movie stars in the canyons and hills of Hollywood four years earlier, hired security, added extra locks to their gates, slept with a gun under the pillow.
They wondered for a few days, at least. They took two suspects outside the motel into custody, but when they went inside to arrest a third man, he started shooting. The cops unloaded their firepower, lobbed Alter Ego - Analogue Brain - Electroshock some tear gas for good measure, and managed to clip Maurice McKinney Taylor in the chest as he tried to flush credit cards and jewelry down the toilet.
Taylor was thirty years old. They took him away, along with the two others, twenty-four year-old Richard Benjamin Dunn and Phillip Glen Mason, twenty-three. The trio had come all the way from Los Angeles. On Saturday, Taylor, Dunn, and Mason were charged in the deaths of Jimmy Widener and Mildred Hazelwood: two counts each of murder, armed robbery and auto theft. Memphis cops found the Continental nearby, and said the killers had driven it from the murder scene.
Woods and Det. Luther Summers loaded the shackled prisoners into a car for the ride to Nashville. Au Inima Mea - L.A* - Hiturile Warren drove a car loaded with evidence, and Det.
News of the arrests of three black men for killing Jimmy Widener and Gura Mea-i Pahar De Iagă - Florica Duma - Mîndră Floare Din Bihor Hazelwood, twenty days after the Stringbean murders, did little to calm the paranoid stars of Music City U.
It was determined that the trio had nothing to do with the Stringbean murders. Whoever killed Mr. The calendar page turned to a new year and it looked like the police were making no progress. John A.
Brown and his cousin Marvin Douglas Brown, both twenty-three, were charged with two counts of murder. The Cadillac pulled up, and Stringbean went inside, where he confronted the country cousins. There may have been a scuffle. The cousins got the drop on Stringbean and blasted him in the living room. When Estelle realized what was happening, she turned and ran toward the Cadillac. She begged for her life. She was shot three times. Six months later, on July 23,Nashville Police Sgt.
Sherman Nickens waded into a murky pond near Greenbrier. He was accompanied by a reporter and photographer for the Nashville Banner and suspect John Brown. The sarge fished out a rotting vinyl handbag.
Like O. There were two of them, simultaneously. The accused murderers of Mr. Stringbean were in the courtroom of Judge Allen R. Criminal Court Judge John L. Draper presided over the trial of three men accused of killing Jimmy Widener and Mildred Hazelwood.
Security measures at the courthouse were unprecedented. Metal detectors, like the ones they used at airports, were at the entrance. The Short Life And Trouble - Stringbean - Goin To The Grand Ole Opry suspects were believed to have a connection. Two Nashville television stations were broadcasting live reports from the corridor outside the courtrooms. An attorney for Marvin Brown complained about the circus atmosphere. Nine men and three women were empaneled for the trial of Marvin and his cousin John Brown.
The first witness was Grandpa Jones. She was covered in frost. After Grandpa left the stand, Marvin Brown surprised everyone by pleading guilty to killing Stringbean, but not Estelle.
When his co-defendant was asked to enter a plea, he said not a word. There was equal hubbub in the neighboring courtroom. Judge Draper sentenced them both to four- to seven-year terms, leaving Maurice McKinney Taylor, the one who shot it out with cops in Memphis, to face murder charges alone.
A celebrity witness led off the testimony here, as well. A waitress at the Pitt Grill testified that Taylor entered the joint while Jimmy and Mildred Hazelwood were dining there. He left the eatery at PM and walked south, in the direction of the Ramada Inn. Jimmy and Mildred left ten minutes later. They walked northeast, toward the Holiday Inn.
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