This collection of notes, photographs, and newspaper clippings includes some of the source materials used by Donald Brown (b. 1936) for his book, Mr. X and Mr. Y. Mr. Brown was a reporter for the Birmingham News who covered the so-called "torso murders" -- the murders of brothers Emmett and Lee Harper, whose dismembered bodies were found in Etowah and St. Clair counties in Alabama in June 1959. A 31-year-old Calhoun County woman, Viola Hyatt, confessed to the murders, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to Tutwiler prison. The included photographs were taken by photographer Norman Dean, of the Birmingham News.
Murder -- Investigation -- Alabama -- Calhoun County -- Case studies, Murder -- Alabama -- Calhoun County -- Case studies, Murderers -- Alabama -- Calhoun County, Women murderers -- Alabama -- Calhoun County
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Brown, Donald, "Mr. X and Mr. Y: Source Materials" (1959). Alabama History & Culture. 2.