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Eartha Kitt once said, “Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.” In Junior’s story, one stepfather’s greed causes a 21-year-old man to be murdered and had this man not been stopped, there would have also been the untimely death of three other people, his wife and her two younger children. “Junior” is the story of the death of 21-year-old Henry Ridley, Jr. His stepfather Earl Green hired two men to eliminate someone he saw as an obstacle. The two men, Bo Salmon and Teddy Bear Mulkey attempted multiple times to murder Junior. In a few short months, they tried numerous times to accomplish the task, attempting an overdose, hiring a sleepy accomplice, setting a car on fire with Junior inside and finally shooting him at close range. The other person who benefitted from Junior’s death was his own mother who became $40,000 richer. Although many fingers were pointed in Margaret’s direction including the fact her first husband, Junior’s father, died under mysterious circumstances, she walked away a free woman.
Eula was born an Elrod but used several last names during her tumultuous life, some legally, others questionable. Although few considered Eula "drop dead gorgeous," she used her female wit and wiles to persuade men to do her bidding. She was accused of bootlegging (illegally transporting moonshine from Tennessee to Georgia), robbery, conspiracy, bigamy, running a house of prostitution, and murder--all before she was 25 years old. Eula's father reportedly told a relative that he thought that Eula was the meanest woman who ever lived in Murray County. She was the first woman in Georgia sentenced to die in the electric chair, at a time before Murray County even had electric service. Governor Hardman personally involved himself in Eula's murder cases. Newspapers across America printed stories about this rebellious woman's exploits and legal entanglements.
Imagine waking up one morning at the age of 18 and realizing that you have just become the youngest woman in Georgia awaiting the electric chair.
Just hours after her birth, Janice Buttrum was sold by her prostitute mother to an alcoholic couple who raised her in squalor. At the age of 15, she married her knight in shining armor, 26-year-old Danny Buttrum. Janice began a descent into the abyss that eventually would lead to her and Danny stabbing a young woman to death in a hotel room, while their own 19-month-old daughter watched the carnage unfold.
Janice was convicted of murder in 1981 in the city of Dalton, Georgia, the youngest woman sentenced to death in the state. She has spent 36 years behind bars - including ten years on Georgia's death row. Now, after all this time, Janice may soon have the opportunity at life outside of prison.