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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Mysterious Message Written In Sand
By Marilyn Schnepp


Her name was Lisa Ann Millican. I use the word "Was" - because she's no longer here; Her body rests in peace 'neath the dirt of a Walker County cemetary in the state of Georgia, USA, and her Head Stone reads as follows:



March 18, 1969 - September 28, 1982


She was only thirteen.

Lisa Ann lived at the Ethel Herpt Home for Abused and Neglected Children, and on September 25, 1982, the children at the Home were given an 'Outing' at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, and the trip to the mall made Lisa so happy she actually smiled...something she rarely did.

Wandering through the mall on her own she happened upon a music and gaming Arcade and stopped in to check things out....and that was the last place she was ever seen alive.

A husband and wife duo calling themselves "The Night Rider and Lady Sundown" often came to this mall, and "Sundawn", the wife, would chat with a young girl, gaining her trust, then the Night Rider would suddenly appear, snatch the girl and head for their car. This time it just happened to be thirteen year old Lisa.

For three days and nights the couple abused, tortured and raped Lisa in a Motel room, (and get this!), while their own two children looked on. Unbelievble!

On the third day "Sundown" injected liquid cleaning fluid into Lisa's veins, but because she was hitting muscles instead of veins, instead of killing her it only made her sick; Lisa's flesh turned to what a coroner would later call the consistency of "anchovie paste". So when that failed, Sundown shot her in the back and then dumped her in the Little River Canyon in Alabama, where her body was discovered by the police a few days later.

Approximately 174 days after Lisa Ann Millican had smiled her last smile, suffered her last abuse, and breathed her last breath, I opened the front door (actually a steel iron gate) and welcomed "Lady Sundown" and her Sheriff escort into my place of employment...The State Pen, officially called "Tutwiler State Prison for Women."

I watched as she shuffled awkwardly through the front gate wearing leg irons and hand-cuffs, and then as her Sheriff escort stepped to the side to allow me to re-lock the gate, he handed me her file folder. It was marked "DEATH ROW.".. To smile would have been inappropriate, discourteous and definitely unprofessional, so I kept my thoughts to myself.

These events happened many years ago, but now that I'm retired from the Department of Corrections, (and have more time to think), I often ponder what Jesus might have done or said to a murderess, such as Sundown; but these are the Bible stories that make me love Him...He was so kind to even those who had fallen, like the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, and the thief on the cross.

"Go, And Sin No More?"

The woman stood there trembling
In the midst of a shouting crowd
"Stone her! Stone her!
Adultery is not allowed."

Then a pharisee said to Jesus,
"This woman was caught in the act,
And the Law of Moses says to stone 'em
Now tell me that isn't a fact?"

But Jesus pretended not to hear
As He wrote some words in the sod
And Wow, It musta been a powerful note
For it was penned by the finger of God.

That "Writing" of course is a secret,
And still unknown to this day
But I know it had to be mighty
For the stonethrowers just melted away.

Based on John 8: 3, 4.__________________________________________________________________
References: For the Murder of Lisa Ann Millican

DeKalb County Newspaper
The Time Journal
Thomas Cook
The Post Online
The Gadsden Newspaper
Library - True Crime stories
Public Record of Death Row Inmates
Google the name of Lisa Ann Millican

This is a True Story, but some names have been withheld to protect the guilty .

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stanley Bednarz04/15/10
Dynamic true stories like this without a doubt get my attention and hold it.
It's just me, but I was hoping for more of the story in prison to bring me the resolution. Did this woman in prison find Jesus as savior?
c clemons04/15/10
Your point was well taken but a bit of a stretch for topic. Good writing overall.
Allen Stark04/16/10
I, too, was left wondering if Sundown changed while on Death Row. My wife, having worked for Child Protective Services for many years, provided me with more than enough stories of this type. I can't say I like reading them because of what I've heard in the past.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
Wow this is so powerful -it held my attention from beginning to end. It is sad that there are such atrocities in the world. I'm grateful, that you remember Lisa, she deserves at least that much. The article will help her to live on in many people's hearts.
Brenda Shipman 04/17/10
Such a horrific story, just wish it wasn't true. I like how you tied your own attitude toward the murderer with Jesus' handling of the woman caught in adultery. It definitely raised questions in my own heart about how I might relate to someone like that. Your entry challenges us to remember we are ALL capable of horrendous atrocities - but for the grace of God.
Carol Penhorwood 04/20/10
Well said, Brenda. A powerful story...very thought provoking.
Edy T Johnson 05/23/12
My dear friend - we've been out of touch for awhile (the email address I have for you no longer "works"), so I had to come calling and found this story from your life and work. As another commenter observed, I'm so grateful you linked Sundown with Jesus' "neither do I condemn you." The mystery of evil as revealed in the gut-wrenching account of a young girl's torture revolts and sickens us. Yet, we know "the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it?" So, we all stand in need of God's mercy, don't we. This is powerful writing, Marilyn. How sad to realize countless unknown children experience similar circumstances in this vale of tears!