By Jacquelyn Procter Reeves
Options of Alabama invite photos of accomplice jasmine and fertile cotton fields, candy iced tea and southern hospitality. yet even in paradise, evil occasionally creeps in. a few of the tales captured in the pages of this booklet are renowned to the great fogeys of North Alabama; others are much less customary. The scandals of Lincoln's brother- in-law, the reign of terror created via Huntsville's Southwest Molester, the Decatur guy who buried his wife's dismembered physique lower than the millpond and the attractive Black Widow of Hazel eco-friendly- all of those tales and extra are good researched and masterfully written by means of Huntsville writer Jacquelyn Procter Reeves. True-crime lovers will take pleasure in this treasury of news spanning approximately 200 years of North Alabama background.
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