Mar 31, 2008

In lieu of flowers, the family requests your prayers

The 10-year-old boy lay on his left side, on the edge of a motel bed.

Jeremiah Slonaker lay there next to his mother, in a ground floor room of a Motel 6, with his eyes closed, and then his mother shot him.

The .380-caliber bullet entered through the back of his 10-year-old skull and exited his forehead. The force of the blast knocked him off the bed.

The woman, 36-year-old Donne Marie Slonaker, had loaded two bullets in the stolen pistol. With the second one, she shot herself. She put both her index fingers on the pistol's trigger, pressed the barrel hard into her right temple and fired.

"When we found her, she was still clutching the gun," said Scott Eskew, senior homicide detective at the Clayton County Police Department.

The scene in room 118, of the 7233 Davidson Parkway Stockbridge Motel 6, was immediately ruled a murder-suicide.

Eskew didn't know, though, why the woman from Centerville, Ga., drove 80 miles north in her red Ford Thunderbird, checked into this motel room and killed herself and her son.

In the weeks following the March 3 deaths, he tried to piece together the story explaining the tragedy, or at least answering some questions. What emerged from his investigation, Eskew said, was a picture of a sad, sick and depressed woman with a possessive love for her little boy.

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Murder-suicide investigation reveals sad woman, little boy

Mar 29, 2008

            To hold the attention of; engross
            To win over or attract
            To draw into; involve
            To interlock or cause to interlock; mesh
            To involve or become occupied; participate
            To pledge or promise, especially to marry.

I am engaged to be married to Beth Jaris. I asked. She said yes. There was a ring.

(Here are pictures)

This, like Beth herself, continues to be better and more amazing than I can comprehend, can contain, or can describe.

"Did you know he was going to propose?" someone asked her. "Yes," she said. "A couple minutes before, because he forgot how to talk."

Mar 28, 2008

Wrapped in duct tape

Two men have been indicted on charges they murdered a man because he owed them $25.

Larry Richard Brownlee, 55, was found beaten to death on Blalock Street in Hapeville, last July. Blood was pooled around his head and his body was surrounded by sticks, bricks and bits of mortar.

Two cousins, Elroy Chester Carter, 46, and Dwight Edward Luke, 33, have been charged by a Clayton County grand jury with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and criminal damage to property in connection with the death.

Clayton County Police Department detectives and District Attorney's Office prosecutors believe Carter and Luke beat the 55-year-old man to death with an ax handle wrapped in duct tape, a metal pipe, and stones they picked up off the street.

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Two cousins charged with beating death

Mar 26, 2008


Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill vowed he would disgrace his chief deputy, his chief deputy testified during a Tuesday hearing appealing his firing.

William "Tee" Cassells told the county's Civil Service Board the sheriff knew overtime had been paid to the choir, lied about it, and angrily blamed Cassells for the whole thing.

"I said, 'Sheriff, are you OK?'" Cassells testified. "He was shouting 'You lied to me.' He said I caused him to go on TV and make a fool out of himself, so he was going to make a fool out of me ... I was to consider myself under investigation for lying. Since I embarrassed him, he was going to embarrass me."

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Fired chief deputy recalls Sheriff Hill's 'threats, lies'

Mar 24, 2008

Slouchy, prematurely balding young professional, standing in a used book store:

Without the despair

I was wondering if you could tell me... I’m looking for... I’m trying to read all the “must read” American authors,” like the top 100, and I just finished “The Sun Also Rises”... It was just depressing. It seems like... I’m finding... they’re all depressing as hell. Okay? I just don’t need that. I’m wondering if you can recommend to me what you would consider to be a great American work that’s not depressing.

Mar 21, 2008

Two bullets into the wall

Alfonso Mason, 57, a former bank executive who ended up struggling to pay rent at extended-stay motel, was found guilty of murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and carjacking...

Mason, who was known to the motel staff as someone who was friendly and neat, spent a year watching TV and drinking, he told Clayton County detectives, and he fell into depression, despair and alcoholism.

At one point, Mason later said, he became so despondent he tried to shoot himself in the head. Instead, he fired two bullets into the wall and began to plan an armed robbery.

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Former bank executive guilty, gets life plus 60 years

Mar 19, 2008

The death of Donnie Hood

One: Feb. 8
Two: Feb. 22
Three: Feb. 28
Four: March 1
Five: March 4
Six: March 5
Seven: March 7
Eight: March 11
Nine: March 12

Mar 14, 2008

Staggering away

Detectives found an empty bottle of French cognac and two drinking glasses on the back porch, outside the door. A man lay dead on the lawn, stabbed three times in what police described as the end of a romantic relationship...

According to a friend of the couple, who spoke to police after [Tommy] Crooks died, [Antonio] Rome confessed to the crime over the phone.

"Crooks wanted to have sex with him," the friend said to police, according to court documents, "but Rome did not want to have sex with Crooks. Rome wanted to break up with Crooks."

Crooks threw a remote control at Rome, according to the friend's statement, and then the argument moved outside and the jilted man allegedly grabbed a flower pot and raised it over his head like he was going to throw it.

He was stabbed in the stomach.

Rome stabbed him once with a three-inch knife blade, police allege, and Crooks said, "You cut me."

Rome allegedly stabbed him twice more in the chest and then Crooks staggered away, falling down and bleeding to death in the yard.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Man indicted in lover's stabbing death

Mar 13, 2008

goat man
Ches McCartney, prophet and goat man

Writing about a world growing more secular, more rational and less religious, O'Connor depicted people with a fervor for faith, a fervor which couldn't find any place in a cleaned-up and sentimentalized society. She wrote that "traditional Protestant bodies of the South are evaporating into secularism and respectability and are being replaced on the grass roots level by all sorts of strange sects."

One of those strange sects, for O'Connor, was McCartney's Free Thinking Christian Mission, in Jeffersonville. [Professor] Copeland says the author looked at the itinerant prophet and felt a kinship, felt like they were both resisting respectability, adhering to a fierce faith.

The professor says she met McCartney, long after he stopped traveling with his signs saying "PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD."

She asked him if he knew O'Connor, but he said he didn't remember.

CSU professor connects Ga author, legendary 'Goat Man.'

Mar 12, 2008

Possibly apocraphal courthouse story:

Worst day ever

There was this guy in here yesterday, had the worst day ever. He came in to pay a traffic ticket, right, and he bumped into his wife. He has no idea why his wife would be at the courthouse. So he asks her why she's there, and she tells him -- she's filing for divorce.

They got into a fight about it and both of them went to jail.

Mar 11, 2008

My brother shot a snake with that shotgun. We said the snake was six feet long, but really that's just guessing, because it was shot with a shotgun and a middle piece was missing.

I haven't asked him directly, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't life-changing.

Read the full column, Kudzu, killer bees, bears & bad columns, @ the Clayton News Daily

Mar 10, 2008

Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.

In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not they merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour.

Mar 7, 2008

Firefighters in Grimm woods

The smoke comes from somewhere deep within the house.

Filling the hallway, it flows out of the open door in slow billows and drifts across the yard, swirling and thickening until the firefighters standing there, already anonymous in air masks and helmets, become silhouettes.

The hardwood trees, bare before the cold wind, are blotted out by the smoke and take on the look of ominous, fairytale trees.

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Mar 6, 2008

To the floor

Stokes was the only one home at the apartment at the time of the boy's death. He reportedly told Clayton County Police he was asleep on the couch, late that morning, after staying out until after 4 a.m., the night before, at a local club. He woke up, on the couch, and the infant had fallen from the couch to the floor and was "gasping for air."

Stokes called 911, according to reports, and met paramedics outside the apartment building, with the limp baby in his arms.

The baby was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at about 2:20 p.m.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy found the 4-month-old boy had multiple broken ribs, a swollen brain, a broken right elbow, bruising to the neck and jaw and a bite mark on his back.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Father charged with infant son's death

Mar 5, 2008

In the Buddha room

They surprised the woman, who was upstairs playing computer games in her boyfriend's bedroom.

The juvenile, who wasn't wearing a mask, roamed about the house, taking jewelry, a shotgun, and other items. Williams, wearing a blue bandana across his face, held a small, semi-automatic gun to the woman's head, and forced her into the family's "Buddha room," used for praying. Swearing at her and telling her not to move, he pulled down her pants and raped her.

"I didn't move," the woman said, according to court documents. "I was frozen. I was shocked. I didn't know what to do."

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Convicted rapist sentenced to life, plus 135 years

Mar 4, 2008

They didn't have any luggage

A 36-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son checked into a Motel 6 Sunday night. They didn't have any luggage with them, but the woman had her purse and a gun.

The clerk at the 7233 Davidson Parkway motel told Clayton County Police that the woman, Donne Marie Slonaker, checked in at around 7 p.m., and rented the room for just one night.

When Slonaker didn't check out Monday morning, the employee entered the room, finding the dead bodies of the woman and her son.

"She had shot her son in the back of his head, and then shot herself," said Sonja Sanchez, a police spokeswoman.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Woman, son found dead in motel room

Mar 1, 2008

In his wood shop

Donald Ray Hood is dead.

The 62-year-old, former director of the Clayton County Building and Maintence Department, who worked for the county for almost 20 years, was facing allegations he stole a flag from the memorial of a fallen police officer. He died Friday afternoon, at his Hampton home

Police said Hood was found face-down in his wood shop, killed by an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was found there by his wife when she returned home at about 1:25 p.m. They had been married for 43 years.

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Long-time Clayton employee dies amid controversy