By Sheila Johnson
On January 23, 2000, already battered via an ice typhoon, the agricultural Alabama inn city of Mentone was once approximately to be struck by way of an excellent extra terrifying freak disaster. Hurtling down the street in a Lincoln city vehicle was once Hayward Bissell, a 400-pound madman on a homicide rampage. Ramming the pickup truck of Don and Rhea Pirch, Bissell lured Don Pirch directly to the line, operating him down together with his car.
Bissell subsequent particular the house of James and Sue Pumphrey. After stabbing James Pumphrey within the abdominal, Bissell was once thwarted by way of relations canines, who gave their lives to guard their vendors. Their sacrifice got Pumphrey sufficient time to get a gun and scare off Bissell--who didn't comprehend the weapon was once truly inoperable.
When Bissell was once ultimately stopped, police came across that he wasn't on my own. Occupying the passenger seat beside him used to be the mutilated, partly dismembered physique of his pregnant female friend, Patricia Ann Booher.
In February 2002, Bissell pled "guilty yet insane" and was once despatched to felony for all times. was once he rather loopy? Or used to be he loopy like a fox, turning it off and on to attempt to overcome a loss of life sentence for Booher's homicide. . .
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The noose was hovering around Dr Clements’s neck – but he escaped the full pain of justice. Realising his fate, he had taken a massive dose of morphine and the officers found him unconscious in his kitchen. He was taken to Southport Infirmary, but died a few minutes after admission, due to the self-inflicted drug injection. He had left an envelope addressed to ‘Ernest and George’ (his only son and brother-in-law). Inside was a defiant and audacious suicide note, in which he denied his crime to the last; it simply read: To whom it may concern – I can no longer tolerate this diabolical insult to which I have recently been exposed.
His choice was not a woman of substance but old family friend Sara Kathleen Burke, known as Kathleen (or Kathrine), who had known both his previous wives. This bonny, exuberant girl seemed to be the only one who was not wealthy – so perhaps the doc had found true love this time, as she survived over ten years. All the while, Dr Clements had been feathering his own nest, and with a successful practice was able to keep up his accustomed lifestyle, as long as he was reasonably frugal. Around this time he became interested in ‘fringe medicine’ (alternative therapy) and experimented with hydrotherapy and herbalism, investigating the pros-and-cons of accepted Continental practices of giving most medicines by means of suppositories or anal douches.
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