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Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)
- TITLE: Mysterious Message Written In Sand
By Marilyn Schnepp
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- LISA ANN MILLICAN -
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
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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