Cops warned rival professor Zinkhan had map to her home

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 5:06 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke police, who have been reviewing an autopsy report from the GBI Crime Lab near Atlanta, will hold another news conference at 9 a.m. today to wrap up the case.

A University of Georgia colleague of George Zinkhan III remains convinced the triple murderer planned to kill her as well in a rampage two weeks ago.

Authorities told UGA associate professor Barbara Carroll on May 1 she may want to go into hiding, soon after discovering that Zinkhan, on the day before the April 25 murders of his wife and two of her friends, had mapped out a route to Carroll’s Oconee County home, officials confirmed to reporters on Monday.

Carroll — who says she had a bitter, yearslong conflict with Zinkhan over complaints she made about him — took the advice.

“I was told by the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) and the Oconee sheriff’s office Friday morning (May 1) that they had found a MapQuest.com map to my house in George Zinkhan’s red Jeep,” Carroll wrote in an e-mail to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Carroll, an associate professor of marketing, said at the time she was afraid for her life and worried about resuming her normal routine while Zinkhan still was at large.

Authorities didn’t confirm Carroll’s story until Monday, two days after they found Zinkhan dead of an apparent suicide in the western Clarke County woods near his abandoned Jeep.

The FBI found evidence Zinkhan had looked up directions to Carroll’s house using the mapping Web site April 24, the day before the shootings outside Athens Community Theater, said Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Lee Weems.

Early on the morning of May 1, after investigators discovered Zinkhan’s Jeep deep in the woods near the Jackson County line, Oconee sheriff’s officials checked on Carroll at the FBI’s request, Weems said.

“We met with her, just discussed some options and just suggested maybe she’d be better off going elsewhere,” he said.

The 4 a.m. visit was a precaution authorities had to take, in light of the April 25 killings, but there was no evidence of a specific threat against Carroll, Weems said.

“I know of nothing specific that says he was at her house or had plans to kill her,” he said.

Still, Carroll, who said she complained to superiors at UGA years ago that Zinkhan harassed her, thinks her former colleague definitely had another murder on his mind.

“Zinkhan and I have not spoken for over a decade,” Carroll said in an e-mail on Monday. “He was not using this map to come over for tea.”

In e-mails to the Banner-Herald and Terry College of Business colleagues, Carroll also claims she had warned superiors that Zinkhan was dangerous.

Others who worked with Zinkhan have said they had no idea the once-respected professor and researcher was capable of murder.

Carroll has argued frequently with other coworkers, and a UGA lawyer found in 2007 she had violated the university’s policy against harassment and discrimination when she complained the marketing department was giving preferential treatment to Asians in hiring decisions.

However, the university granted Carroll a raise in 2008, while she agreed to retire by Jan. 1, 2011, and promised not to sue the university.

Following a news conference Saturday to discuss the discovery of Zinkhan’s body, authorities have been pretty tight-lipped about many details of his apparent suicide or other developments in the investigation.

An FBI spokesman on Monday declined to answer questions about Carroll’s involvement, deferring to the upcoming news conference.

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Athens-Clarke police, who have been reviewing an autopsy report from the GBI Crime Lab near Atlanta, will hold another news conference at 9 a.m. today to wrap up the case.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/12/09 - 05:15 am
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Ms Carrol was found guilty of

Ms Carrol was found guilty of harassment for complaining about preferential treatment for Asians? Man, academia is a tough life.

hurlyburly11
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hurlyburly11 05/12/09 - 05:31 am
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LOL..PT I can certainly see a

LOL..PT I can certainly see a "City Confidential" episode about this one........................

Don KING
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Don KING 05/12/09 - 06:22 am
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The real culprit here is

The real culprit here is global warming!

blues550
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blues550 05/12/09 - 06:49 am
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What a circus this has become
Unpublished

What a circus this has become and not funny at all. Two people are dead, two children orphanned and families left hurting. Just say thanks to the group that found the body and let it go.

Lippy
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Lippy 05/12/09 - 07:22 am
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Technically four people are

Technically four people are dead.

thisreallysucks
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thisreallysucks 05/12/09 - 08:29 am
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If Carroll had violated

If Carroll had violated policy, why was she given a raise to avoid a suit against the school? Maybe too much dirty laundry for UGA to air?

WISE-OLE-OWL
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WISE-OLE-OWL 05/12/09 - 09:05 am
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"Here Adam, take a bite. I

"Here Adam, take a bite. I know we are not supposed to, but what harm can it do? Besides, it's delicious". (WOO Version).

No, this is not just another overly simplistic view of a compex
episode. Nor is it a ranting of some wide eyed zealot. The Bible has stood the test of time, and the Commandments are just as applicable today as when they were given to Moses some 3500 years ago.

The Martian
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The Martian 05/12/09 - 09:31 am
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OK, I have no idea what WOO

OK, I have no idea what WOO is talking about, but a City Confidential would be awesome. They did Athens once already, but another can't hurt.

jack
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jack 05/12/09 - 03:34 pm
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thisreally, she was tenured,

thisreally, she was tenured, so couldn't be fired. I'm still wondering why a university professor makes $185K when those responsible for educating our children don't make near that much.

Son of God
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Son of God 05/14/09 - 04:48 am
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May God bless all of the

May God bless all of the families who lost loved ones and keep those lovely babies in his care who lost both parents tragically.The professor was respected by the WORLD but not by God.I never care about the world's respect. It is always DEMONIC AND TWISTED. We are in the world but not of the world. Our spiritual man dies daily while the outward man (flesh) gets fat. There are many nore hidden people just like the professor who are just as sick and cannot handle adverde situations in a marriage. My advice is, "When your hand is in the lion's mouth, ease it out. If you snatch it out, you may draw back a nub. There are many professional fools out there who have no respect for God or anyone else. I pray for the families of all the deceased and the children. God will get you through this. To everyone else, continue to pray for and bless the children and families. There is still hope. To the young lady who had the map drawn to her residence, God is yet speaking. Jesus is soon to come. Are we ready?I wrestle with this old flesh daily. When I would to do good, evil is always present.I have to continually pray without ceasing and repent daily.Man looks at the outward part but God the HEART

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