Tor­tured & killed

Tor­tur­ing andd killing a 13- yearold or­phan was just one part of this twisted cou­ple’s crimes

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The STORY

When Ju­dith Adams met Alvin Neel­ley, 26, she was only 15.

Alvin was al­ready mar­ried, but split from his wife to pur­sue a love af­fair with Ju­dith in Rome, Ge­or­gia, USA.

The age dif­fer­ence was no bar­rier for this loved-up cou­ple.

Al­ready a car thief, Alvin had been in trou­ble with the law many times.

But, for once-in­no­cent Ju­dith, meet­ing Alvin set her on a path of crime. In 1980, she robbed a woman at gun­point, and her law-break­ing life had be­gun.

Car­ry­ing out armed rob­beries across the coun­try, with Alvin by her side, the duo soon called them­selves the next Bon­nie and Clyde.

They also forged che­ques, ha­rassed peo­ple Ju­dith didn’t like and com­mit­ted petty crimes.

Some­times ar­rested, some­times not, the cou­ple were mainly free to lead a life of crime. Even Ju­dith be­com­ing preg­nant failed to put them on the right path.

Ju­dith gave birth to twins while in de­ten­tion at Rome’s Youth De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter...

In Septem­ber 1982, two em­ploy­ees of the cen­tre were tar­geted in at­tacks.

A male em­ployee’s home was shot at four times and a woman’s house was petrol bombed.

It’s be­lieved the Neel­leys were be­hind both at­tacks.

Later that month, their crimes revved up to an even more sick and twisted level.

On 25 Septem­ber, Lisa Ann Mil­li­can, an in­no­cent 13-yearold or­phan, was brows­ing the River­bend Mall in Rome.

She was with staff and fel­low res­i­dents of the Ethel Harpst Home, a fa­cil­ity for ne­glected and abused chil­dren in Cedar­town, Ge­or­gia.

But Ju­dith and Alvin were also in the mall that day – and not look­ing to buy clothes. They were look­ing for a girl. It seems vul­ner­a­ble Lisa was the per­fect tar­get.

Spot­ting her in the gam­ing ar­cade, they lured Lisa into their car and drove for al­most 80 miles to a mo­tel in Scotts­boro, Alabama.

The cou­ple had robbed and com­mit­ted other crimes in the River­bend Mall, but kid­nap­ping Lisa and the hor­rors that en­sued were some­thing new.

Over the next three days, Alvin raped Lisa four times. Ju­dith helped, beat­ing her, hand­cuff­ing her to the bed.

Lisa had no way to es­cape their evil. And the wicked­ness didn’t end there. They didn’t plan to let Lisa go – once they were tired of their sick at­tack, they con­jured up a mur­der plot.

In­ject­ing Lisa with a drain cleaner, they hoped the dose would prove lethal.

They jabbed her six times in her arms, but­tocks and neck, but it failed to kill her.

In­stead, they shot the 13-year-old in the back, then threw her body from a cliff.

In a strange move, Ju­dith then made a num­ber of calls to po­lice and news agen­cies to re­port the lo­ca­tion of Lisa’s body.

The twisted duo weren’t ar­rested at once – on the run from the law, they were able to com­mit an­other mur­der.

On 4 Oc­to­ber the Neel­leys tar­geted their next vic­tims – young, re­cently en­gaged cou­ple Jan­ice Chat­man and John Han­cock.

They were out walk­ing when a car pulled up be­side them.

Ju­dith was at the wheel and told the cou­ple she was lonely, wanted some­one with whom to drive and talk.

At first, Jan­ice and John re­fused. Then, feel­ing sorry for the woman, they got into the car.

Ju­dith drove to a road where Alvin was wait­ing. John was shot in the back, but sur­vived. Jan­ice was taken to a mo­tel room, tor­tured and mur­dered.

With the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Lisa’s death al­ready un­der­way, on 9 Oc­to­ber, days af­ter the mur­der of Jan­ice, the Neel­leys were ar­rested in

It seems vul­ner­a­ble Lisa was the per­fect tar­get...

Mum of three: Ju­dith

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