A Murder in Texas
Part Eight – Some Strange Endings
I hope everyone has had the time and was able to read the letter in the last post that Johnny Frank Garrett wrote before his execution.
If you did, you know that there were a number of people named that the “curse” would effect.
And, whether you want to believe that it was Johnny’s curse that caused the things below, or just a matter of coincidence, there is one man that was involved in the trial who has written a book and is doing all he can to clear Johnny’s name just in case it will keep him from feeling the wrath of the curse.
So, here we go –
Juror Novella Summner fell down a flight of stairs and died a few days later of complications.
Juror Nathan Shackelford’s daughter died form an accidental gunshot wound to the head. His sister was run over and killed by a drunk driver.
Garrett’s trial lawyer Bill Kolius died of pancreatic cancer.
Garrett’s first appellate lawyer Bruce Sadler and post-conviction trial Judge Sam Kaiser contracted the same form of leukemia. Kaiser died after initially being cured. His healthy bone marrow (collected in case of recurrence) inexplicably disappeared from the hospital.
Jimmy Don Boydston contracted leukemia and died.
Officer Walt Yerger also died of leukemia.
NBC Reporter Cathy Jones died in an airplane crash in Oklahoma while covering a story.
Medical Examiner Ralph Erdemann was convicted of numerous felonies for falsifying autopsy reports. His medical license was revoked and he was sent to prison. His wife died of pancreatic cancer.
Eugene “Heavy Duty” Patterson was found dead in his vehicle. A cause of death was never determined.
Watley, a jailhouse snitch who testified against Garrett for a reduced sentence, committed suicide.
Carol Moore, Garrett’s school teacher who testified against him at trial, also committed suicide.
District Attorney Danny Hill also committed suicide. His daughter hung herself a few years later.
One of Garrett’s many appellate attorneys, Jeff Blackburn lost his wife when she committed suicide. His son was accidentally locked inside a hot car in Houston and is permanently brain damaged.
Ann Richards contracted cancer twice and finally succumbed to esophageal cancer.
One thing that I will say, I’m certainly glad that I had nothing to do with the trial of Garrett.
And, still the story goes on.
Wednesday – The Fight to Clear Johnny’s Name