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n r 1 r - "r ... I l .'HI . Evangelist Elliott Padriclr- Self-Confessed Murderer "For he that is dead is treed frovi sin." Romans f!:7. "It is tho Mood, that makcth an aton ment for the souls." Leviticus 17:11, rILLIB MAE 1'ADHICK. sixteen. pretty oiul a preacher's brldo, liked silk stockings, paint nnd powder, dancoB, clilclten iiupporH nnd whnt other amusomonts tho mntill town of Dover; Georgia, offered. Elliott I'adrlck, lior youthful ovnngbllst husband, said aha played with "thu dnvll's toys." Ho prayed for hor, proached nt hor, exhorted hor to rcpont. Shu nnd hor mother woro doomed, ho Enid, Whon Wllllo Mno only kIkrIciI, Padrick groanod nnd rend his Hlblo. Two vorsoB one from tho Old Tcslnmont nnd ono from tho Now caught his brooding oyos llko lottors of flro. Ono night, whero tho Dover rond crosses tho muddy waters of tho Ogeoclioe down In tho wlregrasa bolt of Georgia, ldllott Tadrlclc klllad his girl wlfo and his mother-in-law. "I Blow thorn to Rftvo tholr souls!" ho cried to his horrldod licensors. "Thoy nru freed from slnl Their blood Is their atone ment!" Padrlck's confession, shouted through tho bars of his cell, lovoalod an astound lng drama of rollglous frenzy, mad lovo, a slniplo young glrl'B yearning for lino feathers, n mother's blttor disappointment In ambitions for her daughter- played out against n smnll-towii background of buh plclon nnd gossli) reaching Its tragic cli max In tho double muni or on tho moonlit brldgo at midnight. '"'Young I'adrlck wns brought up In n re ligious ntmosphero. Ills father is n min ister. Two of Ills brothcis became min isters. Ilo could (pinto wholo pages of tho Gospel wbllo ho was still In knickerbockers at fifteen ho was leading prayer nt camp meetings. Ho had studied hard nt theological school, rocolved his oxhortoi's license, mid was looking forward to ordlnndon on his twcnty-llrst birthday, whou ho met Wllllo Mno Dixon nnd hor mother, Mrs. llyron Dixon. Wllllo Mno was n local belle. She' liked "a good timo." When she smiled tho yuutli of Dovor had heart palpitations. When sho passed thoy craned their sunbaked necks. Hut KUIott Pndrlik, tint boy preacher, got moro smiles than nil tho rosi. Wllllo Mno's mnthur adored hor daugh ter. Sho wanted hor to dross "stylish." Sho had visions of a tlch husband for Wllllo Mao. Hut thu Dhons were some thing less than well-to-do and millionaires do not grow llko daisies down in tho wire grass. Wllllo Mae's mother nlso smiled on tho boy preacher. Ho wns popular. Pcoplo compared him to Hilly Sunday. They said ho was going to Got tho pastor ate nt Green's t-'ut. So Willie Mno and KUIott Pndrlck got married, nnd tho two of them, with Mother Dixon, wont to Green's Cut, where tho Methodists woro holdlnc a revival and Elliott would nsstat tho local pastor, and, Incidentally, bhow ibo Greou Cutters what a preacher he was. Not only from l'ndilek hlmseir, but from Mrs. It. T. Itowoll, with whom they slayud at Green's Cut, and from others In tho community, cornea tho story of whnl hap pened to blast tho boy pronchur's chancer for tho paBtorato, to turn his mothor-ln-law against him, nnd to start tho morbid brooding that ovontually wns to make Ulra Killer. ' Though oho wns a preacher's wlfoBay Tie Amazing "Murder Vocation" Led Evangelist Fadrick to Lure His "NJ -wm m Graz Attired and Powdered victims to a Lonely Moonlit Bridge and Pray for Their Salvation as He Watched Them Die 1k; Mrs. Ilyron Dixon, Padrick's Mother-in-Law, nnd Her Little Son. tho gossips of Green's Cut, prottv Mrs. I'adrlck still liked "a good time." Sho mulled, sho bobbed her hair, sho woro ear rings and she rougud. Her mother de fended her agnlnst Padrlck's protests. Thoy would scoff at him. says .Mrs. Itowoll, when I'adrlck would return fiom tho re vival meeting where he had donouivcod modern fashions. Thoy would laugh when ho opuued his Hlblo nnd road ouch pas sagos as those: "In llko manner nlso. that women ndorn theinselves In modest apparel, with shame faeodness and sobriety; not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly nrrnv. . . . ino aged women likewise, that thoy . . . teach the young woiuon to bo sober, to love their husbands, to lovo their children, to bo discreet, chaste, keep ers at home, good, obedient to their hus bands, that tho wonl of God bo not blas phemed," Ouu day I'adrlck stampod into tho parlor, whlto faced nml shaking. Ilo had just re ceived word from the presiding elder, ho said, that ho was not to have the pastorato of tho Gienn's Gut church. It was plnln, Hocused I'adrlck, that his buttortly wlfo was the causo. h'ho nnnouncomont was n double shock. Mrs. Jihon saw her droams of a comfort able parsonage homo go toppling. Sho turned on I'adrlck. according to his own story, ami denounced him as a sniveling no-uccoimt, who did nothing but sigh nnd sing psalms. Padrlck's hatred of his mother-in-law a hatred lm frnnltly admits dated from that moment. And her hatred of him. ho Kharges, led her to turn his wife against htm, to encourage pretty Mrs. I'adrlck to Jllrt with other mon, to dress hor smart vst nnd "do what sho pleased." They went to llvo on n fnrm, where Pnd rlck, disappointed in his pulpit prospects, took to dairying and raising chickens. Occasionally ho would preach, nnd gen erally thoso sermons would bo aimed at "women who mnkeih a man nshamed and nro a rottenness In his bones." Ho says ho would eomo homo nnd go 'down on his knees and pray tor bis wlfo'i soul and the soul of his mother-in-law, and that thoy would tnunt him while, ho prayed, and Ridicule him. Then' I'adrlck would .WW Pleasure Lovinir Willin Mno Pa. r' i u . r i. : "iiiiiKcua; a wire, Girl Victim of Her Young Preacher-Husband's Homicidal Fury. rlso and tako his Hlblo and go into nnothor loom ami orooa long in llence. After ono of theso srenos Mrs. DLxon told him to "get out." She Hour bis suit caso nt his feot and ordered him novur to show his faro at their door again. Pnd rlck picked up tho hag. Ho went into the yard. Ho collertod a few of his best chickens, nnd with theso and his sultcaso nnd his Hlblo undor his mm ho trudgod down tho dusty rond, Ho was away four monthB. Part of this timo ho preached In thu churches of his father nnd his brothers. Much of tho rest of tho timo ho spent in prayer. Ho had made up his mlud to seek n reconciliation with his wlfo, when hu got two letters from Dover Tho first was from hor a lovo nolo. Tho second told him, ho says, that his wlfo wns "running around" with n man from Statesboro. Hed angyr seized Pndrlck. When ho cooled It was only to recoil boforo n ghastly Ide.i that had flashed Into his mind. Ho says ho spent night nftor night on hia knes. Tho Fifth Commandmont wns ox, pllclt, but into Padrlck's feverish brain woro burned othor verses tho utonemcnt of sin by death! Ho wns still engaged In a fearful stntgv Bio when ho sat down and wroto his wlfo till letter: "Dearest One: Your sweot letter nt hand. Wish I, loo, could havo been with you In Oliver. Say. little girlie, havo a pleasant surprlso for you. Meet mo suro at Cllto Monday night In tho sedan. Would lovo to moot you them alone, as you know wo haven't been together much. Won't you CowliM. 1832. 1,7 Iatfraatlon.il Tcaturo .Hi 4 ell': Ik-!,.!, It... P 1- . nil j- como nnd provo your lovo? Trust mo nnd lovo mo. Vourn, "BLMOTT." As his train sped across the coun try that night Padrlck's thoughts were in a turmoil. Ono second ho shook with lovo of his wlfo. Tho next ho was confronted with that droadful vlHlon of a lifeless body, init a toul saved. In his hlp-pockct was a pistol, but when ho alighted from tho train at Cllto, ho saj-s, ho was still in n inuddlo of Indecision. And then, ns he dropped from tho platform, something sceraod to crack inside his skull. There was bin wife, waving nt him from tho front scat of n small "T"' 1 was ins mother-In-law grimly upright in tho back. Hut. In i s own words, thoy were "dressed llko lost women"hls wife in ,hort skirts nnd a pair of open work stock ings, her rheoks painted, her lips a line or scarlet, her cyoa rinmied with black took ,hC,vft,lnt,'? 11,0 uo"na anrt took tho wheel. Ho turned tho enr In to tho road to Dover. It was a long drlvo- M,nUrl!in,ll,Ionoly drlv0' ""''"-ny K tho road led across tho Ogeechoo River; and lost Itself m n cat-tail marsh. tJI?ai'l?.k (by h.U Tvn confession) planned to stop tho car in tho middle of tho brldgo, kill both women, toss tholr bodlos Into tho marsh, and, standing on the beam above cry to tho moonlit hoav'on that thoun i' ners had expiated their sins in death t Service, Inc. Ort Prtlla Wfhti Hf.wTM. That m cuC "?Vy hs.?,w,n c,0nfsn) planned to alop the car in the middle of the bridge, kill both women, toss their bodies into the marsh and, standing on the beam above, cry to the moonlit heavens that these sinners had expiated their sins in death!" Savo for ono detail, ho carried out this crlmo ruthlossly. A f armor, crossing tho brldgo shortly after midnight, walked Into tho blood-spattered oar. Mrs. Dixon wns dead. Her daughter, shot through nnd through, lived only long enough to gasp put tho namu of thu murderer hor hua band. A Galloping posso discovered him, an hour later, stumbling nlong tho road to nover. Ho foil on his knees, Imploring Bherlff, deputies and God for mercy. And this was what ho crled "I killed them to savo tholr souls, and thnn then I couldn't touch tholr bodies! I wns going tp throw them off tho bridge. Into tho river, but I couldn't touch thorn. I couldn't I"