Haunted Horror: The True Story of Georgia's Corpsewood Murders

Haunted Horror: The True Story of Georgia’s Corpsewood Murders


Being openly gay in certain parts of the United States has always been dangerous. And for two men living in rural Georgia, this was proven true one night in 1982. Today, nature has reclaimed scene of a horrific crime, swallowing up the traces of human habitation on Taylor Ridge. But the exact events surrounding the deaths of Charles Scudder and Joseph Odom still are topics of debate and angry words around Summerville, Georgia.

Out of all the stories I’ve blogged and written about over the past decade, Corpsewood Manor has been the most controversial. Some people still believe the convicted murderers should have been found innocent. Tales of satanic worship, rape, and drugging with LSD have muddied the crime and made the victims seem less like your average gay couple and more like evil inhuman beings. Today, the site is considered extremely haunted and many strange tales have been told by those brave enough to wander deep into the woods, risking harm from the living far more than from the dead.

Dead Horse Road

A boulder blocks Dead Horse Road, named for the equine corpse found there by Odom and Scudder.

The Corpsewood murders were the subject of a chapter in my last book; in fact, it was the first chapter I ever wrote. The night I finished writing it, I’m not ashamed to admit that I slept with the lights on. The combination of a gruesome murder scene and a creepy, isolated, haunted building ruin chilled me to the core. I don’t know how much of it was my imagination having spent weeks immersed in the details of the incident, but I never felt alone while writing the chapter. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well that night.


To better understand the whole story of Corpsewood, it’s important to know not only what happened that fateful night but who Charles Scudder and Joseph Odom were.

Charles Scudder and Joseph Odom

A photograph showing Charles Scudder, Joey Odom, and Beelzebub in happier times.

Charles Scudder was a professor of pharmacology at Loyola University in Chicago, a widowed father to four boys. He lived with his two dogs and a “quiet feminine” man named Joseph Odom. A fifth-grade dropout having spent several years on the wrong side of the law, Odom served as a housekeeper and “companion” for Scudder. By all accounts, Odom was more than just an employee of Scudder. The two men shared a bed.

As university politics and “unruly medical students” became more and more unbearable, Scudder felt the need to escape the chaotic, busy city life according to an article he wrote about his uprooting for Mother Earth News in 1981. He found 40 acres of woodland in northern Georgia for sale—miles away from the nearest neighbors—and once he saw it for himself, he bought it. On his 50th birthday, he resigned from Loyola University, sold off nearly everything he owned, and set off with Odom to begin a new, peaceful life in the Appalachians. Living out of a camper on the property, the men built their brick mansion by hand, just the two of them. Upon seeing the endless stand of barren trees around them that first winter, they chose a fitting name for their new home: Corpsewood.

Scudder and Odom lived simply in their two-story home. A wood stove provided heat, a chemical toilet served as an outhouse, and they grew their own food. Behind the house was a small vineyard for making homemade wine. Though he was an atheist, Scudder was fascinated by religions and the occult and adorned the interior with all manner of strange object and antique. In front, a pink-painted concrete gargoyle overlooked a rose garden tended to by Odom. Beside the house was a three-story chicken house, the top floor of which was nicknamed the “Pink Room” and served as a recreation room for socializing with guests.

In the winter of 1982, everything changed. What follows is a detailed chain of events, pieced together through meticulous research into newspaper archives and testimonies of the time, telling the true tale of what happened at Corpsewood Manor:

Brock and West in 1982“In November of 1982, Kenneth Avery Brock moved into the Halls Valley trailer of a 30-year-old unemployed construction worker by the name of Samuel Tony West. The 17-year-old part-time truck driver told West the tale of “queer devil-worshipers” living in the isolated country. Brock first met the couple while hunting deer on their property. He befriended them and spent many occasions drinking their homemade wine. Their relationship soon escalated; Brock may have become intimately involved with the men on numerous occasions (others speculate that Brock attempted to initiate a threesome with the couple but was denied). Scudder and Odom’s relaxed demeanor and effortless existence gave Brock the false impression that Scudder and Odom stockpiled an immense fortune. The vivid mind of 17-year-old Brock convinced Tony West they could become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.

In a small town where rumors and gossip became gospel, Brock and West fell under the spell: blinded by greed. Disillusioned by their downtrodden lives, the duo hatched a plot to rob the couple of their fortune and run away, free to live their lives as they had always dreamed. After hatching the burglary plan with West, Brock’s visits took on new meaning. In November of 1982, he visited the “castle in the woods” several times in an attempt to study the layout of the house. Unfortunately, his sexual encounters with Scudder and Odom were limited to the Pink Room and he was never granted entry into Corpsewood Manor.

Scudder's ransacked bedroom

Crime scene photograph of the ransacked bedroom inside Corpsewood

On the evening of December 12, 1982, the plan was set into motion. Brock made a stop at his mother’s trailer to pick up a .22 caliber Remington automatic rifle “to use rabbit hunting”. The duo stopped to visit Joey Wells and offered to take him and his date, Teresa Hudgins, out joyriding. West and Brock suggested a visit to Corpsewood to drink some of their wine. While Joey was thrilled with the notion of free alcohol, Teresa was hesitant to meet the “devil-worshipers”. Convinced by the others that it would be fun, she finally relented. The four individuals slowly traveled through the hilly roads of Taylor Ridge, huffing a combination of paint thinner, alcohol, and glue called toot-a-loo. Teresa peered down at the rifle tucked between the front seats.

Charles greeted his unannounced visitors and bummed a cigarette for Odom, who was in the kitchen cleaning up after supper. Their visitors climbed the 40-foot ladder to the Pink Room, accompanied by Scudder. Wine was passed and the gathering became merry. Shortly thereafter, Brock stepped out to his car to get more toot-a-loo. He reappeared with his rifle minutes later, returning to his seat on the mattress.

Charles Scudder stifled a giggle. “Bang, bang,” he uttered, amused in his mild intoxication.

When Scudder stood to adjust a lantern, Brock leapt into action. He grabbed the former professor by the hair, slid a knife from out of his military boot, and pressed it against Scudder’s throat. Brock demanded money and tossed the professor onto the mattress. He cut strips of pin cloth from the sheets and bound Scudder in his heavy coat. West and Hudgins were terrified and ran to the car, but the engine refused to start. As they headed back to the Pink Room, they could hear Brock’s desperate, angry demands.

West stood up and handed Brock the rifle. Odom was interrupted in the kitchen by Brock ordering him out of the house. He looked up toward the doorway as Brock fired four rounds into Odom. Several more finished off the mastiffs, which never moved from their comfortable spot beside the wood stove.

Brock returned to the Pink Room and lead Scudder back to the house. The professor was ushered into the house where the gruesome scene met his eyes. As he stood over the bodies of his deceased lover and beloved mastiffs, a muffled moan escaped from beneath his gag. He knew the end was near.

Brock led him into the library, pulled down the pink gag in Scudder’s mouth, and sat him in a chair. Charles stood one final time and shuffled in his bound feet toward Odom’s body. West demanded that he stop. As he continued his slow movement, intently gazing at Odom’s corpse, Charles Scudder uttered his final words.

I asked for this.

West shot Scudder in the face at close range. Falling to his knees, Charles attempted to speak and stand. West fired again, sending the professor reeling backward into the bookcase. Scudder gurgled out unintelligible sounds as West fired three more shots into Scudder’s head.

Master Bedroom

Crime scene photograph of the master bedroom, dirty clothes still littering the floor.

West and Brock ransacked the house searching for the hidden fortune. They left with only a handful of dimes and nickels, bits of jewelry, silver candelabras, and a gold-plated dagger. The gold harp was too large to take with them. Less than two hours after arriving, the visitors left, splitting up between West’s red 1970 AMC Javelin and Scudder’s black CJ-5 Jeep with white pentacles painted on the doors.

Raymond Williams visited Corpsewood two days later to notify the couple of the passing of a friend in Rome, Georgia. He noticed bullet holes in the green kitchen door and called the police. West and Brock fled, but each was apprehended without incident.

During West’s confession to Chattooga County Sheriff Tony Gilleland, the suspect stated, “All I can say is they were devils and I killed them, that’s how I feel about it.

Headboard Carvings

The headboard in the Master Bedroom depicting a “devilish” head on the right.

As the trial went underway, Scudder and Odom were labeled “homosexual devil-worshipers”. Being reclusive made the victims easy targets for bigotry and hatred.  Scudder had joined the Church of Satan “to see what it was like”, according to his friend Raymond Williams. While inverted pentagrams are a common symbol in satanic imagery, the religion itself does not idolize Satan. LaVeyan (or symbolic) Satanism, as practiced by the Church of Satan, does not worship a deity; they worship the self. The devil is used as a symbol of humankind’s inner desires and is closely related to atheism. While the victims did possess some occult items and satanic artifacts, their religious beliefs did not affect their character.

Defense attorneys argued that the two murderers were given wine laced with LSD by Scudder, yet no evidence supported these claims. While on staff at the Strich School of Medicine at Loyola, the victim had been the Assistant Director of the Institute for the Study of Mind, Drugs and Behavior. Three vials of LSD-25 were found in a cigar box in Scudder’s desk. The defense attempted to prove that the murderers had been drugged and were temporarily insane at the time of the crimes, yet no trace of hallucinogenic drugs was found in the wine at the scene.”

While in jail, Brock attempted suicide. At trial, he was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to three consecutive life terms. He is currently serving his sentence in Georgia State Prison. Samuel T. West was convicted of double homicide and sentenced to die in the electric chair. The death sentence was repealed and he is currently serving out his life sentence at Augusta State Medical Prison.

There was a small private funeral ceremony held at Corpsewood. Odom’s ashes were scattered in his rose garden. Scudder’s body was sent home to Milwaukee at the request of his sister.

Corpsewood Crosses

Two white crosses placed at Corpsewood for Charles and Joey in memoriam.

Even during the police investigation, officers reported a feeling of being watched and a strange presence at Corpsewood. People who took souvenirs from the crime and house home with them reported bad luck and felt the objects were cursed. Even today, people visiting the site report shadows and apparitions believed to be Odom and Scudder. Gunshots, barking dogs, and shattering glass—as well as haunting melodies played on Scudder’s golden harp—have been heard there. After nightfall, some witnesses have claimed to see the glowing eyes of Beelzebub, one of Scudder’s mastiffs, staring at them from the woods.

Corpsewood Ruins

Corpsewood Manor ruins at night in 2006.

But far more terrifying than any ghostly reports are the events which played out at Corpsewood that winter night. Charles Scudder was an inactive member of the Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan. In the wake of the murders, LaVey was angered by what happened to Scudder and Odom and the “injustice of what happened to them.” He viewed the double homicide as proof that there were still parts of the United States where eccentric individuals could be attacked for having what some people might view as abnormal beliefs.

And what did Scudder mean by his final words, “I asked for this”? Were they implying his befriending the wrong people and inviting them into his home or alluding to moving to an intolerant area with his partner? Or was it much deeper than that? Months before the incident, Charles Scudder painted a self-portrait that implies he may have had a premonition of his own death. In the painting, Scudder was gagged and had five bullet wounds.

What do you think? Was it justifiable homicide or just a botched robbery and hate crime? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or discuss it further with us on Facebook or Twitter.


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  1. Raven Storm

    02/10/2014 at 7:25 AM

    Justifiable homicide!? When is homicide justified? Take away all the “weirdness” factors and you have murder, plain and simple. Two innocent people lost their lives over someone else’s greed and ignorance. That place is saturated with sadness.

    • Ken Summers

      02/10/2014 at 7:44 AM

      I just meant the textbook definition of “justifiable homicide”, meaning “a killing without evil or criminal intent, for which there can be no blame, such as self-defense to protect oneself or to protect another.” West and Brock did try to argue that they were drugged with LSD.

      But personally speaking, I agree with you completely! I’ve never liked how some people have tried portraying them as sexual predators, drug abusers, and demon worshipers so horrible there was reason to kill them. Believe me, I’ve had a lot of people weigh in with their opinions of the case and you’d be surprised what some people have to say about it.

      Then again, being rural Georgia, you might not be so surprised.

      • Martha Odom

        02/16/2018 at 11:49 AM

        I live in rural Georgia. Just wanted you to know that we are not all intolerable idiots. We are well educated, kind and honest people. My last name is also Odom, but not related to this man as far as I know.

    • Trion Resident

      04/19/2014 at 5:17 PM

      The fact is, you know very little besides what you’ve been told about this incident. I’ve lived here all of my life. These men weren’t looked on badly by most anyone while they were alive for being gay. While I DO NOT support such a degenerate lifestyle since I am a Christian, and it is clear you are nothing of the sort, Christians are called to love all and that is basically how they were accepted, except for people who found their ways odd in regards to the occult.

      Most of the people in the area went up and drank with them and not many had a bad word to say about them. You also only reported what you liked to report. The fact is, if someone has countless books about Christianity, has crosses all over the yard, windows, and other Christian symbols, it is PRETTY safe to assume they at least believe in or used to believe in Christianity.

      Scudder WAS a member of the church of satan and he was intensely interested in the occult. When is reality, reality to people like you? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… It is almost certainly a DUCK. This man was enarmored for his appreciation of the occult and even had an altar there on the property. He was not an atheist, but did NOT believe in Christanity or any formal religion of the world.

      As to why Brock and West did what they did, I don’t know, but when Scudder uttered his last words, he knew exactly what he was talking about and it wasn’t that he was suffering because people in Trion (where it actually happened and NOT Summerville) were intollerable. He chose his path and that was where it led him. There were rumors that Scudder had molested one of the men and that this was as much of a revenge killing as much as it was a pathetic robbery.

      Either way, when you are asking for people’s opinions, and TRULY want unbiased ideas to flow, don’t insert so much of your own bias, because it is plain to see you are a godless atheist who abhors those who DARE not hug homosexuality around its neck, as well as those who REFUSE to worship or be involved with worshiping any other god.

      That is KIND OF what the 1st and 2nd Commandment is ALL about and Charles Scudder broke those commandments as if they were his favorite desserts.

      • Ken Summers

        04/19/2014 at 5:57 PM

        Isn’t the whole “hate the sin not the sinner” cliche a little overplayed? The idea of “I love everyone, even those rotten, filthy, horrid degenerates” (yes, I’m paraphrasing) always seemed so contradictory to the “love thy neighbor” and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” ideals. I get the strange feeling you’re one of those people who think Halloween should be eradicated from the earth for being too ‘pagan’. You’re not doing such a good job at painting the area as a paradise of tolerance and brotherly love, especially since in your last sentence you cast very strong judgement on Scudder himself.

        Nevertheless, I never claimed to be an expert on Corpsewood, and while I may inject my own opinion on the murders, I do my best to state only known facts concerning the case that I’m aware of. I’ve heard a lot of people telling me many, many tales of who those men were and what all they did when they were alive, ranging from the mundane to the outright absurd. But it’s facts that I draw much of my speculation from. It is my understanding that Scudder had a collection of many items related to many religions, not strictly Satanism (which is technically a version of Atheism, not the worship of the devil), therefore I can’t assume he was of any one religion. I myself have decorative skulls, Wiccan items, divination tools, and even a collection of occult books in my bedroom. But to draw any conclusion from them as to my own personal beliefs may be completely false.

        I believe that everyone has the right to believe in whatever deity or god they choose to believe in (or not believe in). There is nothing wrong or immoral about believing or not believing in anything. What I do take issue with is when someone uses their beliefs to bolster themselves or make someone else out to be inferior. So don’t tell me in one breath that you’re all tolerance, love, and light when in the next breath you’re essentially telling me that “the heathen deserved what happened to him.”

        It’s that sort of Puritanical fire-and-brimstone talk that gives Christianity a bad name.

        • Trion Resident

          04/23/2014 at 8:13 AM

          First of all, the Bible doesn’t state to hate the sin, love the sinner. God HATES adamant sinners like yourself, period. Psalm 5:5, 11:5. Christians are to love all, but NOT to accept all or to “TOLERATE” (Liberals nice word) all. Jesus NEVER “TOLERATED” those who were willfully and deliberately sinners. From the Pharisess, to those who blasphemed Him, to John the Baptist calling out even Herod, as well as the Pharisees, calling them “brood of vipers” which effectively means, family of demons.

          Paul ALSO, called out sinners who did harm to the church as well as hypocrites within the church. You know nothing of Christianity at least from the Bible and are only regurgitating the lies that have been perpetuated in the church since the 70’s and 80’s via the soft Gospel and the Gospel of You, where the saint gets EVERYTHING they want from health, wealth, etc., because they are SO special.

          I could get the SAME thing from guru’s, but that won’t lead me to Jesus or repentance, or the truth that I’m hopeless without Christ and that my sins are black, and ugly and are treason against God who is the Creator of this world and the Universe and all that we see.

          You state that there is nothing wrong with you having books on the occult or studying them or believing in whatever you wish. This is your opinion and not truth, and you would tell me the same thing, but somehow you think you get a free pass by making absolute conjectures, but somehow I can’t be afforded the same latitude.

          It is your choice for sure to believe as you wish, but you can’t define right and wrong, no more than I can. God is our Creator and He alone decides what is right and what is wrong and you and I are His creations who can no more decide truth, or right, or wrong, or good or bad, than a worm outside in my yard. He is all truth and from Him, we can know what is right, or wrong, or good or bad.

          As I stated, you produced a slanted and somewhat infactual view of what happened here. Scudder was liked by basically everyone he knew and I have NEVER heard a bad report from ANYONE that met him. So no, no one around here “judged” him for his homosexuality. Some did find his “lifestyle” odd and his choice of “religions”, but that was all.

          Of note, my Dad was the one who went to film the shootings (he was a news anchor for the local TV station at the time), along with Gary McConnnell who was Sheriff at the time. I’ve also been there multiple times, recorded, done research extensively, also have read the corpsewood book, and have even experienced things there myself. So I do know a little something about this place and incident.

          But as for you, you’d do much better at being more neutral in your writings in the future and while I realize that my writings wouldn’t be acceptable to MOST non-Christians and therefore would never write for a secular news organization since they wouldn’t accept my beliefs, your writing doesn’t lend itself to a large audience either.

          Have a great day and may you be found by the one true God and may He enrich, refresh, and energize your life.

          • Mitch walker

            04/24/2014 at 7:45 AM

            Trion resident with all due respect you are one of the ones who give Christians a bad name. Your talking out of both sides of your mouth bashing the writer in one line an in the next line saying none of us can tell right from wrong only God can You bash the writer for having books on the occult but you talk about doing extensive research on the place an admit to having experiences yourself if you don’t like the story then curl back up in your self righteous ways an don’t read it. Your fire an brimstone views will convert no one here nor any where else for that manner do you really believe that your faith give you the inside scoop on what is right an what is wrong? To you the Bible may be the final truth but that don’t make it so for those who don’t choose to follow the word of God. I do follow the word of God but your view on this makes me cringe come down off your high horse an read what you have written if you can’t see the double standard your trying to apply then your farther gone than I realized

          • Trion Resident

            04/25/2014 at 4:48 AM

            Mitch Walker, if you believed in God, you’d recognize Him as the truth and life and way and NO OTHER. The Christian life isn’t always an easy one, but it is a rewarding one. I realize today in the SOFT society we live in that ABSOLUTES will get you branded intolerant or bigot or homophobe, or “fire and brimstone” or any other derogatory name people like you can come up with while “supposedly” claiming Christianity yourself.

            The God of the Bible DOES not allow the worship of other gods. However, occultic practices also have rules that its worships adhere to and I see no one bashing that. All religions have rules and regulations to follow and obey, but only Christianity is labeled as intolerant. Odd isn’t it?

            I only spoke what was right and if YOU don’t believe that God above has the final say on what is right or wrong, HOW can you claim to believe in God’s Word? You charge me with lies or half-truths, yet state nothing that I’ve stated that is wrong. This is the way of deceivers and those who have weak arguments. They just name call and provide no facts.

            I have been very interested in the Corpsewood Murders since the day my Dad filmed it. I have had many personal experiences with spirits, etc. and unlike most people who claim Christianity, ghosts are throughout the Bible. It isn’t stated what their purpose is, or why they sometimes manifest, but it is clear that they do.

            Therefore, I have had a keen interest in matters like Corpsewood and other locations of similar activity because of my HUGE desire for knowledge, truth and facts, and because of my past experiences. My problem I had with the author is that he presented his material in a slanted and somewhat infactual or half-truth way, inserting some snipits from the book, etc. while leaving out other parts that would not justify his slant.

            How is THIS any different than me putting forward what you would call my “Slant” even though you claim to believe in the same God I do and follow the same Bible I do. So since he offered a slant, I rectified this by offering another point of view that was (if you will slanted toward the Gospel) and was a more factual view of what really happened here.

            I didn’t take kindly to our people here being labeled as some backwoods hillbillies who sneer every time they still see a black man. As for giving Christianity a bad name, I’m afraid in God’s eyes, Mitch, you give Christianity a bad name and are a bad example of what a Christian is. You crucify someone who tells you the truth while siding with a man who mocks the very religion you claim to uphold.

            You are truly on the wrong side of the fence, and I would encourage you to pray, repent and to actually read about the God you claim to love since it is obvious you have read very little and have been “told” much by pastor’s who “preach” a soft Christianity with little to no guilt for our actions and no consequences for them either, teaching freedom when they themselves are slaves to sin, greed, money and power.

            I would put forward that if you were to take the money away from the majority of the people you have listened to, they would NOT be “preachers” anymore because they are the ones in John 10:10 that Jesus speaks of and NOT the devil.

            I will pray for you Mitch that God convicts your soul, and shines a light down on you giving you wisdom, insight, and a thirst and hunger to read His Word, and not BOOKS by Christians about the Bible. A Christian and believer in God should saturate themselves in His Word having it as their constant guiding light so that when situations like this arise, it is obvious what is right and what is wrong.

            All men have a freewill it is true. However, all men who are called in Christ have an obligation to defend the Gospel at all cost and this my brother in Christ you have failed to do at least today. I would pray though that tomorrow, you will not fail the test, and will see Mr. Summers for who he really is and that isn’t a friend, or a comrade, but someone who is desperately lost and an enemy of and accuser of the brethern and of God.

            I will however pray that Mr. Summers be born again and that he use his talent and knowledge for the kingdom of Heaven and be an effective voice and defender of the Gospel. May God be with you all.

          • Ken Summers

            04/25/2014 at 11:11 AM

            If you read my article, you’ll notice that aside from the opening and closing, I keep it very “Just the facts, Ma’am” in content. The “homosexual devil-worshipers” was pulled from a newspaper headline of the time. Almost everything directly relating to the details of the incident and trial came from newspapers–which includes statements from police on the scene as well as the murderers themselves. I’m not here to make moral judgments; I’m here to tell the story of what happened and offer some thoughts and let the readers think for themselves.

            But you’re right. I’m Satan’s vessel. I thought it was just indigestion or bad gas or those stuffed jalapenos, but boy, was I wrong. And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!

          • Trion Resident

            04/25/2014 at 1:11 PM

            Do I really have to spell it out Mr. Summers. While most of what you wrote was spot on, you did write at times with a bias and pasted and posted what you felt made your point of view viable. Here are some of your words below.

            “Being openly gay in certain parts of the United States has always been dangerous.”
            I would like to know when ONE person was severely hurt for just being gay here in Chattooga County.

            “But the exact events surrounding the deaths of Charles Scudder and Joseph Odom still are topics of debate and angry words around Summerville, Georgia”
            I’ve talked to several people that went up to the “castle” and knew the men. I haven’t myself heard ONE BAD word about them. Some I’ve talked to stated they were a little weird, but they generally liked them and drank with them.

            “Tales of satanic worship, rape, and drugging with LSD have muddied the crime and made the victims seem less like your average gay couple and more like evil inhuman beings.”
            While that may have been the case with lawyers, that wasn’t really the case with citizens who know facts about the crime, much less the men themselves. So you are stero-typing and using MUCH conjecture, thus a very slanted point of view to justify your bias towards those who DON’T share your beliefs about homosexuality.

            “Though he was an atheist, Scudder was fascinated by religions and the occult and adorned the interior with all manner of strange object and antique. In front, a pink-painted concrete gargoyle overlooked a rose garden tended to by Odom. Beside the house was a three-story chicken house, the top floor of which was nicknamed the “Pink Room” and served as a recreation room for socializing with guests.”
            Again, conjecture. Scudder was no more an atheist than I am. He believed strongly in what he understood about the occultic/spirit world and was a avid student of such. The reason you abhor Christianity is because it grieves your spirit horrendously, while you want to “protect” Hindu’s, Muslim’s, Buddhists, etc. Odd, isn’t it?

            “Charles Scudder was an inactive member of the Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan.”
            Again, extreme conjecture. Scudder had just received mail correspondence wishing him a Happy Birthday, using his birthdate when he joined the church of satan and not his actual birth date.

            To imply that Scudder joined the church JUST to see what it was like is hogwash. If so, he would have joined the Wiccans, Masons, and other various groups as a free thinking man to “see what it was like.” But he didn’t, did he? He knew what he believed, unlike yourself because you desire to make light of his actions as if everyone is CRAZY if they believe this man and his partner ACTUALLY believed in and worshipped the devil in some form. That’s called propaganda and brain washing, as well as re-direction and manipulation.

            “And what did Scudder mean by his final words, “I asked for this”? Were they implying his befriending the wrong people and inviting them into his home or alluding to moving to an intolerant area with his partner?”
            Again, conjecture on your part. We don’t know with 100% certainty what he was thinking, but we can be pretty sure his last words were motivated because of his recent painting. If you want to do a factual piece, then do so, but you must remove yourself form it. If you want to do an opinionated piece, then state so.

            Have a great day Mr. Summers.

          • Ken Summers

            04/25/2014 at 3:15 PM

            The first paragraph is called an introductory paragraph, leading in to the topic. It starts general, then gets to the specifics. “Certain areas of the United States” is general (ex. Matthew Shepard, Rhea County’s attempt to ‘ban gays’). As for the “topics of debate and angry words” part, I’ve heard many people telling me what “really” happened there over the years, and there are people who have told me that the murderers were wrongly convicted/deserved light sentences.

            Not everything I wrote is the opinions of citizens. Defense attorneys arguing a case make bold statements too. But if 100% of the local population liked them, they wouldn’t have been robbed and murdered by locals.

            Everything I wrote is based on something someone said about the case somewhere in print. I’m not going to waste energy on all the sentences you’re trying to break apart like some college dissertation. Many sentences, especially at the end, were “conjecture”, or in terms of logic, logical fallacies. Of course we don’t know exactly what Scudder was thinking. I posed a number of questions–even illogical ones–to elicit thought and response, which is why it ends the way it does: to provoke discussion.

            In this world, people have many different versions of what the truth of anything actually is. Just in history books alone, truth is subject to who is writing it. As they say,’history is written by the victors.” What I wrote is a very short article brushing the surface of a very elaborate story, not a Dateline Special or 1000-page book. Even the one book on the subject, a compilation of period newspaper articles, does not tell all. But to imply that just because you’ve never personally heard something means it’s false is in itself a fallacy.

          • mitch walker

            04/25/2014 at 5:42 PM

            To trion resident, you seem to have really jumped up on your soap box on this one, I NEVER once said that I felt the bible was wrong, I simply stated that IF a person didn’t choose to believe in the Bible then your side of the argument don’t hold water, you base everything you say on the Bible, and that is fine, BUT your personal belief in the good book DON’T make it factual for everyone reading this, THAT is where you go wrong, you went on and on about how only God could decide what was wrong or right in your first bashing of Mr. Summers but you turn right around and judge him and me over and over and you have no idea who I am or what I stand for, only your twisted take on what I have written. if you want to debate this with me I urge you to do a google search for my name, I write as well topofthebox is my blog and I would be happy to debate this IF you can do so on a FACTUAL basis, I do want to thank you for your prayers for me each of us need all the help we can get, some more than others, like those who sit on the pedestal judging others, I myself don’t hide behind a screen name I used my name and I live in Dalton look me up.

          • Trion Resident

            04/27/2014 at 9:18 AM

            To Mr. Summers, I stated my position at the first and I have tried to from that point after doing so take a kinder and gentler position since you knew where I stood and there was no need to further re-state that claim. I feel you have not backed away from or took a kinder approach but that is your call.

            I have read countless books Mr. Summers and those of which have little to NO bias are among the best in history. It is true that many wish to change parts of history who write the textbooks, as has been the case in the past throughout time.

            But bias is bias, and trying to change history JUST because others do it isn’t a basis for writing history correctly. I myself have never encountered someone who spoke of these men as you state some have, besides the lawyers, and I’ve lived here all of my life, besides a two year time frame in which I lived right across the State line.

            It is obvious I suppose that you could (as I assume you must have) find people to bad mouth them as you could find ANYONE to bad mouth you or I if we looked hard enough. That wasn’t the point I was had a problem with, but it was a stereotypical view somehow here that many hated the men because of their homosexuality and occulttic practices.

            I gave you line by line of your own words of bias, but you are unwilling to answer for your own words. Furthermore, in my sincere pursuit of further debate, I even complimented you on being spot on with much of the story, after we had each thrown our gauntlets down so to speak about where we stand on morality and God.

            I had no problem with any brevity you might have taken in preparing a report of Corpsewood, but only a deliberate choosing of certain things to somehow prove your point of A) the men’s innocence B) that people here are basically bigots and homophobes and C) homosexuality and the occult are not bad, but in FACT, those who view them as bad are bad.

            I myself believe whole-heartedly that Avery and Brock are killers and what they did was without a doubt wrong. I’m not sure if Scudder did in fact provoke it, but that didn’t give them the right to do wrong to Scudder, much less Odom.

            And lastly Mr. Summers, as I stated above, just because many others have attempted to re-write history from “their’ perspective, your job as a writer and this case a quasi-historian, is to report the absolute truth about the subject matter and settle for NOTHING less.

            Bias however gets in the way of doing so. Therefore, because of my moral convictions and the bias of your piece, I responded. But as I’ve stated herein, I’ve tried to be congenial from that point and hope we could maybe return to the subject matter after having our points of disagreement firmly and wholly deliberated.

            I have always found this place to be beyond unique, but then again, I’m interested in anything that entails something regarding ghosts. In changing gears, I myself can usually know when a place is haunted. I’ve had such experiences at Cave Spring for the School for the Blind, etc. knowing it was haunted before ever reading about it, or on vacation in Montgomery, AL, my wife and I went on a tour of old buildings and I lingered for some time in an old School house. I lingered by the desk and by the chalkboard on the right side of the room. I knew something was off there. Several years later, I read about the ghost that inhabits that old school. This has happened to me on several occasions, and also happened to me at the “Castle.”

            I went up there with a group, but got away from them knowing that if I heard or felt anything, it would be by myself. I walked around the pond area and back into the woods a little away from the group. As I was meandering through the woods, I heard a cat meow as if it were right on my shoulder. I turned around, looked for the cat and saw nothing. (It was winter time so I could see fairly well through the woods).

            I kept walking and this happened two more times as if someone were putting a speaker to my right ear and playing a cat meowing. I’ve also done recordings there, video and audio and took numerous pictures. I of course got several orbs in many of the pictures.

            So I’ve punted the ball to you Mr. Summers. Have a great day.

          • Trion Resident

            04/27/2014 at 9:18 AM

            To Mitch Walker, I’m not really sure what you are talking about in jumping up on my soap box. If anyone “jumped” quickly, I’m afraid it was you Mr. Walker. Your first lines of response to me were: “with all due respect you are one of the ones who give Christians a bad name. Your talking out of both sides of your mouth”

            And your statements after your introduction:

            “if you don’t like the story then curl back up in your self righteous ways an don’t read it. Your fire an brimstone views will convert no one here nor any where else for that manner do you really believe that your faith give you the inside scoop on what is right an what is wrong? To you the Bible may be the final truth but that don’t make it so for those who don’t choose to follow the word of God”

            By your own acknowledgement, you claim Christianity Mr. Walker, but by your own words, you deny Him. YES, I DO have the inside “scoop” on what is right and what is wrong. It is called the BIBLE. And YES, God IS the final word on Truth. If you DON’T hold those convictions to be true, in SPITE of or regardless of how others believe, then I am truly afraid you have lost what faith you possibly had.

            Christians don’t abort their faith in tolerance of others. We are called to love all, but not to accept all. Elders in the church are also called to, what you would call, JUDGE others. Please read 1 Corinthians chapter 6, or even Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus states not to judge, but then in the SAME chapter tells us, “we will know them by their fruit.” Observing sin to be SIN, and judging someone worthy of hell, etc. is completely different. Jesus shows this quite well in Matthew 7. Furthermore, all you have to do is peruse the pages of the New Testament to see extremely sinful rulers and adamant sinners (those who do as they please while trumpeting the don’t judge slogan) are called out on a regular basis, from Herod by John the Baptists to several people within and out of the church by Paul.

            It truly disappoints me that my message of the Gospel and God being all truth makes you cringe. Fear is what is lacking in most Christians lives today because in the end, they believe they can do as they please with no real consequences for their actions. They are taught a God who loves them no matter what and would never, ever, hurt them or send them to hell. Proverbs 1:7 tells us the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

            We can’t come to the Lord without the fear and loathing of ourselves and realizing how wrong we are and how RIGHT He is. It is an ever present reality and to give credence to someone’s BELIEFS or gods, or ideas or philosophies as possibly being true is the exact opposite of that faith a believer receives when being born again.

            Not that we hide our head in the sand as if other religions don’t exist, but for those who are called by His name, there is only One God and one Lord and any other message, or interpretation, or belief should make YOU, Mr. Walker, CRINGE inside because that is blasphemy to your Lord.

            As for hiding behind some screen name, that was my choice to do to protect myself since I didn’t know personally Mr. Ken Summers or the website he is on. That is just good internet etiquette. But it is your choice for sure to do as you please in that area.

            I will continue to pray for you Mr. Walker that God open your eyes to the truth you claim to follow. I will also pray that He leads and guides you and your family into all truth and all love and that He richly bless you and keep you and that this only be the beginning of your renewed life in Him. I am nothing without Him and have made many mistakes. I do have a hunger and thirst for His Word and only His salvation of my soul, and my faithfulness and calling as a Teacher of God qualifies me to tell anyone anything.

            As for our debate, I see no debate for you and I rather than is God’s Word final and His Word Truth for all including Mr. Summers? THAT is the debate Mr. Walker.

          • Mitch walker

            04/28/2014 at 7:21 AM

            Well sir my point that I am trying to make to you does nothing to prove I am denying God I am trying to say to you sir there is another side of the coin you base your entire argument on scripture an that is what I am talking about not everyone follows the scriptures personally I do but because I made an effort to introduce you to reality by looking at the other side of the coin you say I deny God? Really? I was merely trying to get you to see that everyone does not follow the word of God an to those people your argument is moot I never claimed to be one of those people but you were quick to put me in that catagory why can you not discuss this without going to the Bible to back up your point? I will give you an A for effort in the quoting from the Bible an sir if you will go back an read my first reply to Mr. Summers you will see that we are on the same side in regard to the way people view those of us from nwga have a great day sir

          • Trion Resident

            04/28/2014 at 3:04 PM

            To Mitch Walker, thank for taking an overall kinder tone. As for introducing me to reality, I’m well aware that people serve other gods and goddesses and deities as I fully expressed in my post, but for me and followers of Christ, God is the only One and true God.

            It DOESN’T concern me with WHAT Mr. Summers or anyone else believes because I’m not here on Earth to “understand” others beliefs and why they believe as they do. One of the main missions of a Christian is to spread the Gospel and in doing so, a Christian can’t back down from their beliefs or soften their message because others don’t believe the same.

            There is a very real hell and all who refuse Him will find their eternity within its confines. My job is to tell the truth and often times, the truth is the very thing that no one wants to hear, as was the case with Jesus in His day with the so-called elders and leaders of the church.

            If we want to discuss ghosts and hauntings, I’m all for it, but if true debate can exist, it must be done so in a fair and unbiased format. Mr. Summers presented some of his story with a bias because he believes there is nothing wrong in breaking the 1st and 2nd commandment of the Bible Christians hold dear, and he finds nothing wrong with magic, the occult, etc. which the Bible STRICTLY forbids.

            So his writing reflected his viewpoints rather than just cold hard truth. It is hard I submit to be unbiased when writing about something, but if one wished to maintain the best possible picture of something historical, that is what one must strive to do.

            Therefore, I felt it necessary to express the other side of the coin as you put it since Mr. Summers had put forward via his writing that homosexuality was acceptable and okay and that witchcraft, the occult, etc. were not something that was wrong.

            But please remember, as a Christian, our argument is never moot, and our stand is never in vain if we speak what is right. We can’t abandon our beliefs even for a moment to placate or pacify someone around us who doesn’t believe. We don’t have to be forceful with those who simply don’t know Christ, but for those who do know and yet mock the truth or refuse to acknowledge their wrong while justifying their wrongs and throwing their fists in the air daring God to do anything by their actions aren’t exactly deserving of grace or a gentle spirit beseeching them to Christ.

            It seems our conversations are coming around and we are able to be more sincere which I am truly thankful for. I am hopeful that my correspondance with Mr. Summers is also becoming more productive and now that each of us (Mr. Summers and I) know where each stand, we can move on to the true subject matter of this site and this Corpsewood, Ghosts, etc.

            Coincidentally, are you yourself interested in ghosts, hauntings, etc? and how do you rectify that with the Bible? Have a great day Mr. Walker.

          • jason jones

            02/04/2015 at 8:01 PM

            hey trion resident get off your cross…somebody needs the wood

          • Truth

            02/06/2015 at 11:42 AM

            Actually- it does preach to hate the sin and love the sinner.

          • No one judges me or anyone else but God

            03/24/2016 at 7:18 PM

            Trion, you have no right to judge anyone or “preach” to anyone, only God does. You should be ashamed. Your not going to win this. A please stop being rude and disrespectful. Your giving us that are Christians bad names. I’m staTing the truth. If it hurts, is all you. The crime was awful. I hate that two innocent men died cause someone was not right in their HeadS. I judge no one. And that’s shy

          • Josh Higdon

            05/02/2016 at 7:44 PM

            I know this is old, but Trion dude is nuts! Two faced

          • Lithp

            07/06/2016 at 11:14 PM

            @Josh: I know, right? I just came here because I saw a mention of “Corpsewood” in a horror story & wanted to know what it was. Then suddenly I’m reading this massive flame war in the comments & thinking, “Well, this guy sure seems pleasant.”

            Anyway, as far as the last words speculation goes, what if he never even said it? I’m a little unclear at who exactly was there to witness the event, but the article talks most about the people directly responsible for the murder. “I asked for this” seems like something they could’ve easily made up to minimize their guilt, similar to the drinks spiked with LSD claim.

        • Pretty Upset Christian

          10/11/2015 at 10:18 AM

          Hey, Christian here. It’s kind of sad that any Christian can think “they got what they deserved.” I have an interest in the occult and “pagan” religions too, as a mater of fact, I have to learn about some of them in Seminary (Christian College). Does this make me evil? This is a sad incident all the way around. As for the author, of course he was biased. Everyone is! He did a really good job of relaying the information that he thought was relevant. He never said “this is exactly how it happened.” Now, please Ken don’t generalize all Christians. I do love people. I don’t have to agree with everything they do. On the flip side not everyone is going to agree with me either.

        • Dusk Orchid

          06/20/2016 at 7:49 PM


      • Lisa

        02/04/2015 at 9:02 PM

        Trion resident, you do realize that the bible has been written and rewritten several times over hundreds maybe thousands of years? Parts put in and taken out?
        Heck whole “books” are missing (example of books, book of Mathew, book of mark etc)
        I just don’t believe that God hates anyone. If we are all made in his image, we can all be saved, so how can he therefore hate?
        Mr summers, thank you for writing this with fact and with thought provoking questions.
        I am sure, nobody but those present at the time of the murders and God know what really happened.
        How tragic that anyone has to lose their life in this manor!

      • From GA, NOT an idiot.

        02/04/2015 at 10:55 PM

        PLEASE do not believe that all people from rural Georgia are like this. I’ve spent my whole life dealing with the “OH, you’re from the south” routine no matter where I was living at the time. Classism at its finest.

        Living in Summerville in the 90s was (and possibly still is) as bad as described. I was treated like shit just for not having an opinion on religion. I never once admitted my atheism to even my parents. I couldn’t bring myself to say it aloud until i was gone for 5 years.

        Truth about corpsewood is that 90% of what you glean from conversations is sensationalized bullshit, and we may never know the full truth. The manors destruction is a pure shame. If anyone from that hell-hole of a town had any common sense it would be used as an opportunity to learn some damned tolerance,let the man in your books do the judging.

      • Chris Fowler

        04/12/2015 at 10:57 AM

        Trion Resident I read your statement, And I too am a Christian.
        Jesus Christ said in Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
        31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
        No where in any commandment does it say we should murder or destroy anyone because of their sin, beliefs or their chosen lifestyle.
        In John 8:7 Jesus Christ said “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”
        I have found those people that think they are totally without sin are more dangerous and destructive that those that live a life full of sin.
        Instead of being concerned with the sins and transgressions of others, We should deal with our own. When the sins and transgressions of others encroach on our lives, That is when We should do something. Death of any kind should be the very last resort.
        I do know what You mean by “These men were not looked on badly by most anyone while they were alive for being gay.”
        90% of people that live in small communities throughout the United States are decent, hard working people that would help a strange as well as a neighbor.
        It is people like Brock and West with their lies and greed that make life in these small communities look like bad places through and through. Then again these kind of murderous acts happen everywhere, And always have.
        I am sure both West and Brock more than anyone wish these despicable acts did not happen. Hindsight is always 20/20.
        GOD Bless You and anyone else that needs and wants GOD’S Blessings.

      • Dusk Orchid

        06/20/2016 at 8:07 PM

        and the whole molestation thing?…wow…if this fool was molested by these men why did he keep going back?…I think that maybe the guy had done something with them..willingly…and hated the fact that he was himself a homosexual…he was in denial..and in a small town in Georgia?????…..I am willing to bet this…..he was so angry that they were able to live their lives out of the closet and he could not do it…didn’t have enough balls to do it…and he hated them for actually being able to live the life he wanted…happens every day…

        • Amber

          11/02/2016 at 1:30 PM

          Yes! I believe you’ve hit the nail on the head. I was thinking the same thing.

      • PumaGirl

        10/23/2018 at 3:46 AM

        Satanic worship is about worshiping oneself and homosexuality plays a big part in the satanic lover of thyself, do what thou wilt, lust for pleasures and self indulgence, type of lifestyle and. ideologies. I’m a Christian I do not condemn gays however I also don’t condone homosexuality I’m not a liberal doing that will make me a participant going against Gods word I would never do that for anybody. All I can do is tell them God is real and he will be there for them when they decide to find him I am not the judge or jury however I am not going to praise their way of life it is unnatural and satanic and nothing good can come from that.

    • richard stevens

      12/23/2014 at 10:22 PM

      I was Samuel wests (AKA Sidewinder) roommate for 18 months at Phillips state prison in Buford georgia and assisted him with legal work and appealed his case at the supreme court level, and am very familiar with his case being that I had his transcripts photos and all. Sidewinder insists he was there being recruited to the church of Satan. After drinking wine he started to hallucinate and feeling like he was being “brain fucked) and killed them. To say that it was a hate crime is puzzling to me because he had befriended a couple, but did not participate in homosexual activity. Sidewinder does have some phycological problems, thought I’m not a doctor I would say he is schizophrenic, but take into consideration he had been incarcerated for 18 years before I met him. Either way I personally believe this was not a hate crime.

    • Cindy

      02/05/2015 at 3:22 AM

      I met these guys and they seemed very nice to me I personally don’t believe half of the stories I have heard on these two guy’s and they were my neighbors. Rest in peace .. Charles and Joseph”..

    • Kate

      02/05/2015 at 7:42 AM

      Hum…I have read back several comments and am astonished that such a judgmental person as the area’s resident would claim Christianity and I wonder why you continued to reply to his/her comments which were rambling and in cohesive. This person is angry because they feel you have represented their population and area of the country unjustly because of comments made in your article period. Rather than refute your statements with rational logical arguments they have used religion and rather ineffectively at that. Also resident please don’t bother to respond to this comment as I would not engage with you. I am a Christian and Biblical scholar so you really don’t want to go there. It’s sad you are so angry I’ll keep you in prayer. The actual point of this diatribe is that people were killed horrifically and homicide in this situation could never be considered justified based on the evidence you provide in your article, unless of course there is something we don’t know. Satanism is a bit more profound than atheism replete with it’s own bible, so I wouldn’t be so quick to marginalize or minimalize it. I think that the final comments of “I asked for this” may refer to the realization that embracing certain types of people can be dangerous and that living life on the fringes, and I am not referring to his sexual orientation but his social, religious and ideological beliefs may draw the fringe element to you and with many of those people comes a certain amount of danger. Look at the Charles Manson’s and Jim Jones of this world. You must be mindful of the company you keep

  2. Les

    02/10/2014 at 3:00 PM

    Wasn’t the motive pure greed? Brock and West were looking for money that’s why they ransacked the place. I also see a gay on gay crime since Brock was apparently there on previous occasions looking for a sexual relationship then coming away with the idea the two men were rich. Maybe the murder had a vengeful aspect as well since the two victims apparently refused Brock’s advances.

    Scudder and Odem were two friendly fellows who wanted to live in peace. It sounds like they would have invited anyone in for a cup of coffee or wine and a good chat. How sad that their friendliness towards strangers caused them to fall into the hands of such men.

    • Ken Summers

      02/11/2014 at 4:14 AM

      I’m not sure you could say it was pure greed. Robbery was part of the motive, but you don’t have to blow off someone’s face to rob them.

      What Brock and West were doing there to me always seemed like being hustlers, getting drinks and such in exchange for sexual favors. It’s not uncommon for a straight swindler to use sex as a tool to get what he wants. Spend enough time at any run-down gay bar and you’ll see it for yourself. It doesn’t make Brock and West gay (they did have girlfriends); it just means they were willing to secretly be bisexual if they could get something out of it.

      But at the same time they were trying to befriend them to gain access to the house. Or maybe that was part of the hustle too… to finally gain access to the bedroom. Given that Brock was 17, they probably refused him because it’s illegal and he could’ve blackmailed them.

      • Corpsewood Manor FB page

        01/24/2016 at 9:02 PM

        I know this is an old comment but – they had 2 people with them (Joey and Teresa) and wasn’t trying to get sexual favors. They all got invited to the chicken coop (guest room) as they were never allowed into the actual castle. Charles hardly let anyone ever inside the castle. It was robery and they planned it all out before getting there. I’ve done extensive research for years

  3. Cullan Hudson

    02/10/2014 at 4:04 PM

    Awesome story, Ken. I need to read your account as well. I was familiar with the story, but you really paint a picture here. Don’t know why I’ve dragged my feet in getting your book. So many books, so little time.

    • Ken Summers

      02/11/2014 at 4:19 AM

      Thanks, Cullan! I think that’s what gave me such nightmares. I compiled all the accounts and wrote it from the perspective of being there as an observer. Some retellings of the events are slightly different, but most of these details came from police questioning of the suspects afterward.

  4. alanborky

    02/10/2014 at 4:41 PM

    ‘what did Scudder mean by his final words, “I asked for this”?’

    He could’ve in his own terms been takin’ responsibility for his imminent death thereby snatchin’ away from his killers the sense his fate was merely a matter of their whim.

    • Ken Summers

      02/11/2014 at 4:16 AM

      Considering that he was staring down a rifle, refusing to stop to get to the Odom’s body, you might very well be right.

    • Corpsewood Manor FB page

      01/24/2016 at 9:10 PM

      His last words in my opinion (from talking to friends, research, looking at documents etc) came from his instant realization that following his heart and his dreams (as outlined in his Mother Earth News article) had put them in a position of complete vulnerability. Knowing moving and leaving everything behind (phones, electricity, ability to get help) had made them targets. And seeing Joey shot in the floor caused him to start screaming out in pain and he started over toward him saying those words and getting shot. Looking at Joey dead in the floor, can you imagine how intense that was? Knowing it was his plans to move that put Joey there. It was NOT his fault those two did that of course, but he felt responsibility in that moment. That is MY take after coming to know them all these years.

  5. Johnnie Gray

    02/22/2014 at 9:30 AM

    It was great running into this story again. It is my favorite from your book. I think the isolation of the house and unknown practices of the owners add to the creepiness.

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  7. Prince Petropia

    03/01/2014 at 12:18 AM

    Very nice article indeed. I found WF? some days ago and have become a fan ever since. By the way, have you read about the Hinterkaifeck murders? Just finished writing an elaborate article on them on my blog, please give it a read: http://allaboutoccult.blogspot.in/2014/02/the-hinterkaifeck-murders.html

  8. Michael

    03/15/2014 at 3:16 PM

    First, I drive through Summerville a few times a year…it is quite beautiful, and while I live in metro-Atlanta, Summerville (and the rest of rural Georgia) are not bastions of tolerance. There are hippie/enclaves spread around, but for the most part it’s just regular folks who mind their own business. Still, gay Satanists wouldn’t exactly be welcomed in a place like Summerville…secret Wiccans abound, but they’re…secret Wiccans. For the record, I’m Christian, but I’m also “live and let live”. I mean…it’s an easy standard. Anyway…white trash proto-criminal 17-year old, sexually confused boy-man and his older buddy murder folks in the woods. It is a scary story…and people are WAY scarier than ghosts.

    As for the conversation about “homicide”. While they are used as synonyms by most people, homicide and murder are not the same thing. All murders are homicides, but not all homicides are murder. There is no such thing as justifiable murder. Justifiable homicide is a very real thing…self-defense, killing in wartime, and accidents. Murder is murder. These two committed murder, plain and simple.

  9. Chad Floyd

    03/17/2014 at 2:50 PM

    Just bad judgment by the professor letting the murders come to his hidden castle in the woods. Sad today as it was even then is to place trust in people you know and even people you don’t know. I live an hour from the manor and have been there a couple of times. It looked to be a beautiful place at one time from the layout of the property. Sad that it is in the shape that it is in now. Was a good book with great pic’s about the murders but it is very hard to find. The pic’s of the bedroom you have are very interesting since I have never seen them before. Do you have anymore pics? These two men were murdered in cold blood, being different of course but who were they bothering where they lived?? Nobody. And today they wouldn’t be any different than all the other folks who live this way. It wasn’t living this way that got them murdered it was the secluded place and someone thinking they had lots of cash stashed away that did it. Just a sad story and I hate that it happened to these to guys that from my research were to very polite and quite fellows.

  10. Monica

    03/21/2014 at 7:49 AM

    I have been here and taken photos… All have orbs in them. All have “smudges.” Something still lurks in those woods.

    • Melisha

      03/24/2016 at 1:16 PM

      I live at the bottom of the mountain and have been there several times and have taken pictures as well. I have never felt creepy or captured any orbs. I get a feeling of sadness when I am there. I feel sad for the unnecessary loss of life!

      • Norma

        10/21/2016 at 6:55 PM

        Melisha, you live at the bottom of it? Some friends and I went down the dead horse corpse road and I swear that I walked maybe 100 yards and I heard what sounded like to me was a Matador sound. No kidding I was scared to death. We did keep going eventhough I wanted to turn around. It was a sad place a very sad place.

  11. Neo

    03/25/2014 at 8:20 AM

    Folks that associated with LaVey seem to wind up dead in grizzly ways, such as Jayne Mansfield.

  12. mitch walker

    04/09/2014 at 9:30 PM

    you know growing up in NW Ga. and living here today, I am surprised at how people from else where seem to think that the folks of NW Ga. are all a bunch of bigoted biased stereotypical “hillbillies” nothing could be further from the truth, if you take the time to get to know the people in this area you will find a decent hard working lot, who don’t take to strangers very well for this very reason, Scudder and Odom were not outcast in this area, yeah they were seen as a little odd but not outcast devil worshippers as people like to make them out to be. People would be surprised of the good things these two men done for the area and NEVER wanted it to be known what they did, it was a way of giving back to the area that was home for them. go spend some time in Summerville, talk to the people who were there then, not the ones who only want to repeat the false stories they have heard about, and you will take away a whole new outlook of this area.

    • Ken Summers

      04/12/2014 at 11:11 AM

      I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to make it sound like Georgia is some backwater full of hilljacks with no common sense. Maybe it’s my own experience in less populated areas of Ohio and West Virginia that shows me the very conservative side of more remote areas, coupled with what I’ve heard from friends who’ve visited and told me it’s a rather dangerous area. Still, don’t get me wrong… I have friends–and have even been in relationships with–people who fall under the “hillbilly” stereotype.

      Like most ghost stories and murder cases, people have lots of opinions. Over the years, I’ve heard far more from the people in support of the murderers than the contrary. Naturally, everyone has their supporters. But I have heard from people who befriended Scudder and Odom as well in the local area, which is always wonderful.

      I try to be unbiased when I write about any people or places, but sometimes it doesn’t quite come across that way. In this case, I think it’s more a case of befriending the wrong people than the entire Summerville area being some horrible bigoted place.

      • mitch walker

        04/13/2014 at 1:07 AM

        Mr. Summers, actually it wasn’t you so much I was talking about, I loved your take on this horrible thing, and how you presented it, you seemed to put a more personal slant on this, and I enjoyed reading your work. And as a writer myself, (also talk show host I cover dirt track racing) I understand your point about you never have a way of befriending that gives you a unbiased view, you just have to take it with a grain of salt, so to speak. I have been to corpsewood many times over the years and it is truly a unique place, and I too know folks who have taken items from there and some of who were not what you would call believers so to speak before, but are very much so now, thanks for taking the time to respond and I look forward to reading more of your work,
        “the dr.”
        Mitch Walker

      • roberts

        09/21/2014 at 7:30 AM

        I’ve been really in to this story for years now it was a secret to me all my life until about 7 years ago when I learned that tony west is my moms 1st cousin.we visited the house of corps wood several years back as we headed in the woods it was day lite it was a long walk so as we headed out it got dark the only light we had was my cell phone. We got maybe 20 min down and the camera on the phone started goin off there was a lot of sounds and the noises like some one was running.very scary feeling being up there…I was only two years old when this happen I would like to see more pics

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  15. Cyn Heretic

    09/24/2014 at 2:09 PM

    I am just now reading about this murder for the first time. I appreciate the way you have written it. To me it seems like a classic example of a modern day hate-crime: The victims were murdered specifically because of either their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs. For the record, I am a Southerner, and hail from the Heart of Dixie. Tolerance was practically non-existent in those days. We have made much improvements, but there will always be places of regress no matter the geography.

    Personally I don’t glean from the story what your own beliefs are and I don’t read much bias. The beginning comments had me scratching my head, Trion Resident seems to, well, he has answered for himself.

    Is this property still vacant today? Do you know if it can still be visited?
    I would be interested in learning more and for myself very interested in actually seeing the location if possible.

    Condolences to these men’s (Scudder and Odom) families for their loss.

    • lisa

      12/26/2014 at 5:49 PM

      Yes the land is still there and the last time I was there,remnents of the house and chicken pen was to.its only 10 minets from my familys home where I grew up I knew both and spoke to them several times.if you would like to get directions or ask me any questions look me up on facebook my name is lisa whaley tipton I live in tn now but our farm is stil there and my family still lives just up the road from dead horse rd

      • randolf

        06/14/2015 at 12:44 AM

        ARE you kin to Donald Whaley? I am his hero.LOl

  16. jay

    10/16/2014 at 7:43 PM

    The ground at corpsewood is tainted i wander the mountains in trion and summerville on a daily and have many stories of well unexplained events which may as well have come from the shine lol….

  17. Joseph

    01/10/2015 at 10:07 AM

    Great article Mr. Summers! As a lifelong resident of Chattooga County, and having been just under a year old when these murders took place, I’ve grown up hearing about this case my entire life. As a teenager, my friends and I visited the site many, many times. Strange things happened to us all shortly after visits to the site, and several odd photographs were taken there as well. I’m sure the Corpsewood Manor murders will continue to be talked about for generations to come. Thanks for your documentation!

  18. Janice Henning

    01/24/2015 at 7:53 PM

    The religious spouting just comes off as plain ignorant.

  19. Ruby Hawkins

    02/04/2015 at 5:28 PM

    We lived in Summerville during the time Scudder and Odom lived on Taylors Ridge. We cut firewood from this area of the mountain and saw and talked to them many times. They were friendly and cordial. My son and his friends visited the house and were welcomed. People were curious, but I don’t believe anyone hated them. I didn’t hear any ill spoken of them. I was sorry when I heard about the murders.

  20. Dee

    02/04/2015 at 9:49 PM

    Reading this as a person who lives in this area and is a pagan, it’s so funny how much is missing. Like the fact that LSD was available in the “chicken house” for those who visited and that there was a “sign in” book for those who visited. The bottom line is these guys were killed in the name of greed. The killers went there looking for money and drugs and they murdered all who lived there in peace. You really should research a little more before you publish false information. It really had nothing to do with the couple living there being “gay” other than the ignorant people who murdered them imagined they would get away with it because of the fact that it was two men living together in peace and harmony. Of course it’s haunted. I venture to say it is also protected, not only by the previous residents and their devoted animals, but by others who live here and refuse to allow the horror to continue. Why don’t you come and check it out for yourself?

    • Ken Summers

      02/05/2015 at 10:57 AM

      In fairness, posing the question of if their sexuality was to instigate discussion. It was plainly obvious it was a robbery. And yes, lots of information was left out. This wasn’t going to be 10 pages long; I had to draw lines somewhere. But with leaving things out, I tried to limit the amount of heresay and rumor, and the LSD factor has been greatly debated and questioned. A lot of research went into this, which I hoped would be reflected by the content of the article. Dozens of newspaper records from the time were cross-referenced to build a timeline of events. And two close friends of mine have visited the site. It’s still high on my list of places to visit, but its remote setting makes it more of a challenge for me personally.

      As for the comments on here, I think from that you can see how challenging writing this and getting “just the facts” can be. Dozens of people have written me over the past 6 years to tell me “what really happened”, but I like documentation over word of mouth. And luckily, having grown up with a lot of pagan friends, it made it easier to wade through the hysteria and misinformation a little bit easier. MM&MP

  21. Dee

    02/04/2015 at 10:03 PM

    and Goddess help us with the Trion Residents comments. Perhaps they need to spend more time with the “holy word” and less time on the internet. SMIB

  22. One of the Natives

    02/05/2015 at 10:29 AM

    This was a great article! After the murder, many people stole items from the house as “keepsakes” which were supposedly cursed, as you said. My aunt’s boyfriend at that time stole an ashtray with demonic/satanistic carvings on it. When she found out, she threw it in the trash, and weeks later it found itself back into the house, only at the bottom of an unused closet. Weird, huh? Everyone also calls that part of the mountain “D-W” or, Devil Worshiper’s mountain.

    • Ken Summers

      02/05/2015 at 10:58 AM

      Oh, how I would love to have that ashtray… 🙂

  23. Lawson

    02/06/2015 at 11:13 AM

    I took a brick from there once…… Bad idea.

  24. Melissa Tennimon

    02/06/2015 at 12:30 PM

    I was born and raised in Chattooga county Ga. and I am happy to say that I now longer live there. Its a very beautiful place rich in history but small town/small mind. There is some sort of “class” system “good ol boy” B.S that is the social norm for this place.I remember when these murders took place, I also remember all the “crazy”stories and such. What happened to the golden harp? Was West tortured in jail , not to mention at that time the “police department” was ran by one of the most corrupt men in the county, (not to mention his love for growing things). I think that if Joseph and Charles would have stayed to themselves and had no contact with the people of Chattooga county then they would probably still be
    alive today. I have seen little to no tolerance for anyone who has a different religion or sexual preference. The place is like Mayberry meets the twilight zone fueled with ignorance and narcissism.

    • randolf

      06/14/2015 at 12:46 AM


  25. Tessasauros

    02/06/2015 at 8:53 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. As a Chattooga resident I have been to Corpsewood and heard the many different stories about it. There is an aura about the place. You can feel the energy there and it is a mix of positive and negative. I believe the negative comes from the horrible hate and actions of the murders. When Scudder said ‘I asked for this’ I think that maybe he was talking about moving to Chattooga County altogether. I think these men wanted an ‘off the grid’ life and thought this beautiful area would be the answer. Unfortunately, they were met with the worst that this area has to offer and they paid with their lives for it.
    I also want to day that, even now, the residents of this county are not very accepting of what they view outside the norm. Sure, they will give you some good ole southern hospitality when in you are person but the minute

  26. Tessasauros

    02/06/2015 at 9:04 PM

    (Typing this on my kindle is slightly difficult)
    Basically, the people of this county can be gracious enough when around a person but that doesn’t mean they accept them or even like them. Residents probably smiled and nodded when the saw the men at the grocery store then expressed their true feelings the minute they walked out. I know from experience what it’s like being “weird” in this town.

  27. old trion resident

    02/07/2015 at 11:51 PM

    I have read a few articles on this story. Facts I know: my father went to a few of the party’s at the residents. He said they seemed like nice people. This is not the only incident of death. My great aunt died on the mountain. The autopsy reviled she choked on her on vomit. She had no drugs or alcohol in her system. In 1993 some young people got caught in the blizzard on the mountain, two of them passed away. A few years ago I visited home, my boyfriend that is not from the area was driving in the snow, I was not paying attention, looking at my phone, when he said “this road is scaring me” I looked up and we where on the mountain. We started sliding back, I had to grab my son out of his car seat while my boyfriend tried to hold the back of the truck. I few a few times with my son in my arms. We were not dressed for this weather and was freezing. My son and I got on our hands and knees and called out to god to help us. We had no cell service. Thank god a police with chans on his tires rescued us. I’m scared to go on this mountain now. When I was younger I wasn’t scared and went with some friends, we herd screaming. I herd that a women’s body was dumped one the road towards subligna.

  28. Dreama

    02/08/2015 at 1:17 AM

    Ppl in the chattooga cty area are very UNopen minded. Most are prejudice because of their “beliefs ” so to say. I am an open gay female and have been looked down on in that cty because of that.

  29. Hmmmmmm-still a Trion resident

    02/11/2015 at 6:14 PM

    I lived just a few miles from Corspewood when all this took place. Road three wheelers and hunted with my dad, uncle, cousins and brother up and down Taylor’s ridge. Had some wild dogs chase us one time through the woods but that was a good year before the murders. Been through the narrows many times, hunting on the ridge and walked by Corspewood. Never seen anything out of the ordinary. Birds chirping, wind blowing, could see the blue/cloudy sky through the trees. Maybe you have to be Atheist or Satan lover to see and hear odd things. Considering I’m Christian, the only odd things I see are the stories written afterward about Corpsewood. Two men killed for money, the victims just happened to be gay and Scudder was a devil worshiper. You want the real scoop- you should have interviewed Teresa and Joey. Watched the Corpsewood manor burn from my front porch after the murders, that was the end to this story. God Bless

  30. ray m

    02/12/2015 at 10:20 AM

    You forgot to mention the killers, before they were apprehended in Vicksburg Mississippi, killed a third man at a hwy restop.

    • Mr.Ringgold

      11/03/2016 at 7:55 PM

      The plot thickens.

  31. Brian Daughtery

    03/21/2015 at 2:15 PM

    what’s not to like you have sex drugs murder and devil worship. what went on at corpsewood before the murders is interesting. the story of the murders is interesting. and of course the demonic activity and hauntings are interesting. I’m surprised someone hasn’t made a motion picture out of this. murder at corpsewood a rob zombie film

  32. Tommy Golden

    03/29/2015 at 3:22 PM

    Great article! My name is Tommy Golden and I am a film director based outside of Nashville, Tennessee. I would love to discuss this event with those of you who know more about it as well as the locals that are still living there.

    I am in the process of writing a feature length film script about this event. I have more questions about the killers and there past criminal history. Most if not all killers have a past, so I am lead to think they did too.

    Any help would be great and my email is [email protected]

  33. Pam Carnes

    06/07/2015 at 12:34 PM

    I lived a few miles from Corpsewood Manor when all of this happened. I saw them several times in town. They minded their own business, it was everyone else that was in their business. My question is: I collected every Summerville News paper from start to finish. I also bought the paperback book,I think the Summerville News published. My question is what is the worth of all of this. I felt like some day it would be a collectors items. I don’t want to sell just an estimated idea of what all of it would be worth if you have any ideas.

    • Amy Petulla

      09/12/2015 at 8:21 PM

      Hi Pam. It is very difficult to find an original of Murder at Corpsewood for sale- the ones I have found sell for around $125.00. However, the seller indicated she has a hard time finding buyers willing to pay that.

      Just so you know, I am writing a book on the murders for History Press/Arcadia, which should be published spring 2016. I practiced law in the circuit beginning in the 1980’s and now own Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Inc, so I know the story from both sides. I have to turn my book in to the publisher in a month, and would love to hear from anyone who knew the victims (or the murderers), or who has any other info. The book will also have a little bit about some of the other bizarre cases in the county (Neelley, Bissell, and nearby TriState crematory, which does have a connection), so I’d like to hear from anyone with information about those, as well, at [email protected]. I will say that I have some info and photos that have not been seen before that will be in the book, along with a unique theory that ties the bizarre violence together, so hopefully everyone will enjoy it. Thanks!

  34. Deborah

    09/20/2015 at 10:03 PM

    Leaving sexuality aside, it seems to me this article whitewashes these guys a bit. I’m NOT saying they deserved to be murdered! But they don’t fit the “harmless” halos the article paints them with, either.

    Two men, interested in Satanism, inviting people over for casual sexual encounters (does not matter what kind), and doing LSD, are not men you want living next door or where your children can visit them.

    • Mitch "the dr." Walker

      05/10/2016 at 5:37 PM

      Ma’am, you seem to be talking out of both sides of your mouth here, first question, How do you know they were not “harmless”? second, simply because a person shows an interest in Satanism, don’t mean they are devil worshippers. and who they have sex with or do drugs with is none of your business, as long as they are good neighbors I could care less who they sleep with or what drugs they do…. the people who I don’t want living next door to me, are the self-righteous folks like yourself. I find it odd you had to preface your comment with ” I’m NOT saying they deserved to be murdered”by using that in that context you say the exact opposite. and by your hateful tone, it just confirms. it….

  35. Melanie

    01/04/2016 at 4:15 AM

    Check out my Corpsewood a castle in the woods Facebook page. It’s a memorial and historical project. We are always learning new things and sharing great photos, but victim bashing there is prohibited.

    Deborah we have freedom of religion or from religion, so their religion shouldn’t even be a factor. Nobody is perfect so it’s not white washing. It’s sticking to the facts he knew without adding the stuff that was none of anyone’s business. And the “LSD” was never tested in a lab it was alleged..

  36. Ron Kitchens

    02/09/2016 at 6:53 AM


  37. r1ckyr4y

    03/08/2016 at 4:44 PM

    In my opinion the fact that these two morons were found guilty (unless they plead, I cant remember but I thought you said there was a trial) and the sentences they were given in such a rural part of North Georgia for the murder of two gay men I don’t think the south is as bad as people think it is…or was.

  38. Ruby Hawkins

    04/21/2016 at 8:31 AM

    We lived at Summerville at the time and cut our firewood near the Corpsewood manor. We often saw Scudder and Odem walking in the woods. They were both always polite and sociable. I don’t remember now, but I feel sure they invited us to their home. Some of our friends visited them and I never heard that the couple was anything other than hospitable. Scudder and Oden were very different from others in our county and people were interested. Tales were told about them but I never heard anything out of the ordinary by those who visited them at the manor. We had moved away before the tragedy happened and I was surprised when I heard the news. My brother visited the site a couple of weeks ago and said the rose bushes that covered the site where Odem’s ashes were placed had been trimmed and mulched. People of Chattooga county are very intolerate with those who don’t profess to be religious. It’s a sad thing that happened at Corpswood.

  39. Otis Laird

    04/30/2016 at 10:00 AM

    Reading an article that depicts facts and opens discussion makes reading the comments and replying all the more fun. Hello readers, my name is Otis, and I would like to make you aware before commenting that my father was Catholic, my mother was Baptist, and I am a self proclaimed atheist. After reading this entire page I’ve come to a realization, corpsewood manor is quite the story, and the devils mountain nickname is proper for those who aren’t aware of the story, for whether the gay couple were satanic or giving sexual favors to the guests in the “pink room”, what happened to them was literally a devilish occurrence. Finally living their life the way they decided to only be murdered by a new to town couple of people who could have just acted on impulse and followed their simple human desires to acquire something they didn’t have. This Trion resident as a Christian makes good points but also brings to notion the view of only one religion. I have seen nothing that permits the religion of anyone else on the matter, but to my eyes it seems as if the only one who has actually debated the story itself and notthe writer nor the readers would be the wwriter himself. I personally think the story to be very interesting and yet can’t find any kind of solid proof towards they murdered side vs the murderers side, besides what the man whom was jailed and helped to appeal the convicted man’s case had to say. If your going to discuss a story, that’s one thing but to discuss a man’s personal opinions or writings for his not so in depth facts does seem to be a little hypocritical…. With high regards to all of you, Otis Laird.

  40. Janne

    08/30/2016 at 7:49 AM

    Howdy, I’m a lifetime N.Ga. resident; we played Trion in sports, so I live fairly close. In our defense we have all sorts of people, Christians and non believers, homosexuals, heterosexuals, bi-sexuals, just like everywhere else. I was 29 when this happened, but was a single parent, so I didn’t have much time for news. I think this was motivated by greed, period. It’s possibly revenge, who knows.

    I disagree with the person claiming that God hates. And I disagree with anyone thinking we are all hillbilly rednecks. Folks from the smaller towns in Georgia are very different from Atlanta residents.

    My question is regarding the couple that went with the two robber/murderers, were the accessories?

  41. Edan

    11/01/2016 at 7:24 PM

    IN NO WAY is this even slightly justifiable…

  42. Amber Thomas

    11/02/2016 at 1:25 PM

    Justifiable?? You must be joking. These 2 ‘men’ who had nothing going for them went onto Scudder and Odom’s private property and murdered them in cold blood.
    Whether they had a different religion or sexual preference or not, was none of anyone’s business. They were living their life and not bothering anyone.
    I’m thrilled that both of those scumbags were given life in prison, although I’m quite surprised by the outcome. With the Good Old Boys in the South and their redneck mentality, I honestly thought they’d let them off with a slap on the wrist.
    What an absolute shame. Those men deserved to live out their life and enjoy the home and life that they built together.
    I hate entitled dirtbags. I hope they’re both getting butt raped daily.

    And I think the “I asked for this” comment pertained to that he knew that Brock was a loser and he shouldn’t have befriended him. He probably got bad vibes about him, but dismissed them.

  43. Mr.Ringgold

    11/03/2016 at 7:53 PM

    Interesting read. I have lived within about 45 minutes of Trion most of my life but just learned about these murders today. Does anyone know who owns the property now? Is the home dilapidated or has someone reclaimed it? Just curious. Also, I am not a Christian, devil worshiper, atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, or Jew. …but don’t worry I wont judge you if you are.

  44. cherri hairston

    11/06/2016 at 3:10 PM

    what a horrific story they lived their lives didn’t bother anyone and slaughtered all for the love of money who reallly were the devils in this story..

  45. malley

    11/23/2016 at 1:12 AM

    What happened to the girl?

    • Barbara Nohrenberg

      08/21/2018 at 3:30 AM

      She went to the police a few days later to report the murders…she was part of the TV show on the murders. She was very upset that she did not get to the police faster because these two killers left the scene of the crime with the Jeep from the murder victim but wanted to dump that car for another one… they were at a gas station and a Navy man pulled up on his way to his family for Christmas and these two grabbed him out of his car and killed him for his car…extremely sad and horrible. Theresa has guilt from her delay in reporting the murders because, if she had done it a day earlier, the police would have prevented the murder of the innocent Navy man being carjacked.

    • PumaGirl

      10/23/2018 at 3:48 AM

      That’s what I was going t ask too.

  46. Dee

    03/12/2017 at 4:52 AM

    I realize this is an old post, but I’ve read every word of the article and the comments. I ran across an “only in your state” post of FB today and as I read it it occurred to me that this was the same story I first heard in around 1985. I’m originally from Dalton, GA and have family all throughout Trion and Summerville area, most who worked thier lives at Trion Mills. When I first heard the story though, I was living in Lindale, GA shortly outside of Rome, GA. I was about 8 or 9 years old and my best friend was my next door neighbor who’s step mother was a nurse at Floyd Medical Center. She said she worked there at the time the bodies were brought into the hospital and housed in the morgue. She told us how they were so putrified and decomposed that the area stunk for days as all of the staff clocked in and out for work just outside the doors of the morgue of the hospital.
    Perhaps it was my vivid young imagination adding details of the story or perhaps my friends step mom purposefully added details to make the story better and to scare us, but all in all, the actual story is much less creepy than I recall her telling us it was.
    She had been to the house and taken pieces of brick and mortar. I held them in my hands while she told us the story.
    Some of the more interesting things about the story was that there was a community scandal and cover up…there was a guest book with the names of people who did not want it known publicly that they had attended parties at the house and the guest book mysteriously disappeared. That some of those people might have set the fire that burned Corpsewood manor to the ground. Other ideas were simply that locals burned it down. Perhaps even the guy who watched it burn from his front porch? There was also mention of Bobby Lee Cook’s involvement and of the crooked Sheriff.
    The items from within the house were auctioned off and likely still exist in someones home today. She spoke of ornately carved wooden furnishings with bizarre carvings of gargoyles and demonic looking creatures. I see the photos you have here and while the home itself seems to be pretty shabby the bed at least seems quite ornate. I can see where what she said comes from. She stated that she attended the auction and tried to bid on Scudder’s desk chair that she states was ornately carved all over but that the hand rests of the chairs arms were each the carved head of a demon or a gargoyle.
    As a child, I never knew the individuals murdered were a pair of homosexual males. She told the story as if it were members of a family and in my head there were more than two corpses. I also never knew that the murderers were ever apprehended. After over 30 years of having this story bouncing around inside my head its nice to finally know what really occurred.
    One thing I would like to add…whether it’s popular or not…I don’t care: Having all of my roots from the north Georgia area specifically where this event took place and growing up there I can say this about the people of the area in general. It’s the kind of place where people seem friendly enough, but they are deeply seeded in superstition, suspicion, racism, classism. They thrive on thinking themselves better than people and when they encounter someone new they judge and scrutinize everything about them until they can comfortably say that there is something about them that is inferior.
    I can understand why Scudder’s last words, if they were in fact his last words, were “I asked for this”. He was a learned and intelligent man and just living in the area as who he was, he had to have felt some sense of impending doom the entire time he lived there. I also can understand his lack of faith in Christianity. I can’t fault a man who chooses not to accept a religion that does not accept him for who he is.
    Common sense tells me that two gay men are likely to pursue other men sexually. It stands to reason that the drugs and the parties at least in part for them had sexual motivations. Perhaps they did the wrong thing to the wrong person. But if I had to guess, it was the general ignorance, poverty and sense of righteousness over the couple that made them feel they had the right to take what they had, even their lives.

  47. Darriene

    10/20/2017 at 5:26 PM

    Yes, it was murder and they each had the opportunity to walk away, and not harm anyone, let alone bring a gun and use force to find out where money was, supposedly, stashed. They didn’t need to drink, to be there or to murder. Hope they die in prison for their evil acts.

  48. foxy foxy

    11/29/2017 at 10:05 PM

    they were gay? oh, who cares then? not me. I also don’t care for devil worshippers either, fucking idiots.

  49. James W Smith

    06/02/2018 at 10:51 AM

    These comments are nuts. What’s a Christian, what’s not, what’s justifiable, what’s not. What’s this or that… This is a story of 2 dudes who built a mansion in the back-woods, tampered in sex, drugs and alcohol and befriended and invited impoverished, shady characters into their domain. That alone was toxic and the dude knew it… regardless if they were gay or Satan worshipers.

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