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Second suspect in Burke County grave robbery arrested

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3:21 PM
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After using disguises to elude arrest for about three weeks, the second suspect wanted in a Burke County grave robbery is now in custody.

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Jerry Atkinson Jr. (center), who was wanted in a Burke County grave-robbing, was taken into custody Wednesday.  SPECIAL
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Jerry Atkinson Jr. (center), who was wanted in a Burke County grave-robbing, was taken into custody Wednesday.


Burke County sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Cochran said tips led police to a residence on Hancock Landing Road where Jerry Atkinson Jr., 39, was found around noon Wednesday.

“He had been disguised as a woman, wearing wigs and dresses,” Cochran said of Atkinson.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office had been called to Old Church Cemetery on April 13 after a caretaker discovered old uniforms on the ground and at least five graves looted.

An investigation determined that the remains of an infant and corpses of five Confederate and Revolutionary War soldiers had been dug up.

Authorities offered a $2,000 reward for information on the culprits, which immediately began to generate results.

Police arrested Ralph Hillis Jr., 41, at a residence on April 22. Police said Atkinson was also at the home but fled, leaving a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside the home.

Atkinson and Hillis face felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and maliciously removing the dead from a grave.

James Ralph Morris, 44, who lives at the home on Hancock Landing Road, has been charged with hindering apprehension by harboring Atkinson.

Cochran said nothing from the graves has been recovered, but police continue to search.

The sheriff’s office is working with a professor at the University of West Georgia to help determine what items might have been in the grave.

Malicious removal of the dead from a grave carries a prison sentence of one to five years.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/01/13 - 04:08 pm
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scum sucking cowards! Bury them up to their necks in the cemetery for a couple ( 12 ) hours.

Jake
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Jake 05/01/13 - 04:22 pm
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He is already.....

.....dressed for prison, I see.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/01/13 - 04:27 pm
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May they be haunted by those of the Graves they desecrated.

An when they die later in life, may their graves get the same respect they showed our fallen heroes of days gone bye.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/01/13 - 04:40 pm
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Too bad...

they couldn't have arrested Atkinson in drag and his picture plastered all over the news as such.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/01/13 - 05:20 pm
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Was he draggen as a Southern

Was he draggen as a Southern Bell, or a Southern Queen?

Its people like him that give Transvestites a bad name.☺

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/02/13 - 05:14 am
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In honor of Jeff Davis.

In honor of Jeff Davis.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/02/13 - 05:18 am
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Hoochie

I understand he was dressed as a Hoochie Mama, spandex 2 sizes too small gave him away!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/02/13 - 06:05 am
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Bodhisattva - many don't catch the joke.

The CSA President was falsely claimed to of been caught in drag, trying to elude capture.

But many historians now point to the fact it was Fictional story made up by General Wilson and carried by revengeful Yankee Newspapers and the only southern news papers carrying it force to and were under Yankee military control.

SOME FACTS:
Col. Pritchard 4th Michigan, & Lt. Purrington 4th, Michigan both dispelled the false myth started to further demean the South. An so does James H. Jones (freed Salve) and former US senate worker while working under President Cleveland Administration. The fore-mention Yankee Officers were the ones that captured President Davis. Later a Union private came forward, before his death, to a Boston newspaper and also stated that Yankee General Wilson fabricated the story.

Interesting to note, that President Davis was captured here in Ga. South of Macon in Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1865.

See:Abraham Lincoln and Boston Corbett:
with personal recollections of each; John Wilkes Booth and Jefferson Davis, a true story of their capture (Google eBook)

Also It is suspected Gen. Wilson claimed the reward offered for the capture of President Davis, not Col. Pritchard or any of his 4th Michigan staff. The Col. did not know of the reward being offered, until AFTER Gen Wilson informed the Sec. of War of the capture.

MORAL OF THIS COMMENT:
NEVER LET A YANKEE, OR A LIBERAL WRITE SOUTHERN HISTORY.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/02/13 - 06:28 am
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He was in a woman's coat and

He was in a woman's coat and shawl, not a dress. I know the history. Never let a traitor write your nation's history.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/02/13 - 06:44 am
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1776-2013 and bunches a of

1776-2013 and bunches a of yahoos are stuck in a 4 year period when a group of traitors, who wanted to own their fellow man, rebelled against their country and almost tore apart the greatest nation on earth. Why in God's name are these people so fascinated with this, the worst part of our nation's history?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/02/13 - 08:14 am
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WHY is it

The people who want to degrade the South also want to live here...dang....move to greener pastures....have a nice day...:)

And ...bless your heart too...

David Parker
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David Parker 05/02/13 - 08:29 am
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I guess maybe it was the

I guess maybe it was the virtue shown in victory by the North. Reconstruction was simply fabulous for us and the nation was so lucky that the North decided to cripple the country for half a century after the end of the war. Those who rant about southern history, heritage, and pride that southerners express, typically don't know as much about the conflict as there is to learn. More often than not, they base their observations on hear-say instead of research.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/02/13 - 08:29 am
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For all the haters of the South

Here ya go....move on....move along .....rawhide...:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5N35kQAPv0

Mudge
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Mudge 05/02/13 - 09:19 am
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1776-2013 and bunches a of

Rather shallow interpretation of the most consequential 4 years in this nations history. The rhetoric of the few sentences display little if any substantive value to the condescending attacks on "bunches of yahoos". In answer to your question, people are interested in this subject because they enjoy history, their cultural heritage and perhaps just a desire to learn. It is also a source of pride to people. People are also fascinated with the history of Nazi Germany, ancient Rome and a veritable cornucopia of other interesting periods in history. To lump them altogether as "yahoos" leaves me wondering why anyone would feel the need to attack those who do not view things the way they do. Demeaning those who value their history, culture, etc does not reflect well upon oneself, as a matter of fact it tends to reflect ignorance of thought.

Darby
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Darby 05/02/13 - 10:31 am
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"In honor of Jeff Davis."

Cheap shot. Consider the source.

Darby
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Darby 05/02/13 - 10:37 am
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Really strange...

This string started out as a story about present day grave robbers, didn't it?

Anyone want to get back on topic?

owensjef3
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owensjef3 05/02/13 - 11:33 am
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Say What!
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Say What!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/02/13 - 01:15 pm
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To our a bodhisattva who is

To our a bodhisattva who is an enlightened existence.

We may not agree, but we sure like debating with you.

Don't be Techfan and run out on us.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/02/13 - 01:49 pm
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It really is no fun with

It really is no fun with nobody to give teh cheese-touch to. Grave-robbin is bad btw.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 05/02/13 - 02:19 pm
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Dude looks like a lady

That couldn't have been an attractive look for him...

my.voice
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my.voice 05/02/13 - 02:20 pm
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This is a good end to a

This is a good end to a crappy crime.

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