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Margie

Smartt, TN

#1 Sep 20, 2010
Can anyone tell me about the murder commited by Billy Gibbs in 1955 ? I know it involved a whole family, but thats about all I know.
Thanks

Since: Sep 10

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#2 Sep 20, 2010
Margie wrote:
Can anyone tell me about the murder commited by Billy Gibbs in 1955 ? I know it involved a whole family, but thats about all I know.
Thanks
I was only a child then but I'll tell you what I remember. It happened in the old Daylight community which is now the Lucky Community on Bratchers Crossroads I think. I know their last name was Bratcher. There was the father and mother, a daughter about 9 yrs old and their 1 yr old grandchild. Gibbs had gotten into an arguement with Mr. Bratcher concerning a hog and he went to their house about mid afternoon. He killed the father in the barn and then went to the house and killed the mother. Then he sat down and ate their dinner and waited for the school bus to drop off the daughter. Then he killed the girl. He bludgeoned all three with a hammer. Then he threw the baby down the well. I believe Gibbs died in the electric chair. Thats about all I know. Hope it helps.
Margie

Smartt, TN

#3 Sep 20, 2010
Thank you for the information...how terrible.
gibbs was electrocuted in 1957.

Since: Sep 10

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#4 Sep 20, 2010
Margie wrote:
Thank you for the information...how terrible.
gibbs was electrocuted in 1957.
Your welcome. Maybe they might have more information at the public library or on the internet.
stop the BS

Morrison, TN

#5 Sep 26, 2010
Very interesting.
dingbat

Byrdstown, TN

#6 Oct 15, 2010
Mr Gibbs still has family alive and they are good folks. So does the Bratcher family. Imagine the hurt this brings to both families and let it drop why dont you.
I Love America

Morrison, TN

#7 Oct 16, 2010
dingbat wrote:
Mr Gibbs still has family alive and they are good folks. So does the Bratcher family. Imagine the hurt this brings to both families and let it drop why dont you.
Seemed like it had been dropped. No comments since September 25th. Why did you revive the thread. It had disappeared till you posted. Now its back up for more comments. No one would have even read it if you hadn't commented.
Margie

Smartt, TN

#8 Oct 16, 2010
Dingbat ..how much does it pay to be a Topix censor??? I will ask or post what I want...if you don't like it..well, I don't care
I Love America

Morrison, TN

#9 Oct 17, 2010
Margie wrote:
Dingbat ..how much does it pay to be a Topix censor??? I will ask or post what I want...if you don't like it..well, I don't care
I don't care what you post but you were the one telling people not to post on this subject anymore. You post on a subject that had already been dropped telling people not to post anymore, then get mad because someone tells you that your post brought it up again.. See the irony?
Interesting

Louisville, KY

#10 Dec 7, 2010
The community is wrong. It happened in the Rowland Station community between eastside and midway.
Becca

Morrison, TN

#11 Dec 12, 2010
Interesting wrote:
The community is wrong. It happened in the Rowland Station community between eastside and midway.
Very interesting story. Sad for the victims. It must have been terrifying.
abcde

Germantown, TN

#12 Dec 25, 2010
thank you ding bat. we really are not bad people. just have a bad history. we all do, really. but who are we to judge each other based on the past. we have no more control over it than anyone else. we can only control what we do.
ERIC

Camden, SC

#13 Jan 8, 2011
CLOSE, BUT DAYLIGHT,LUCKY AND BRACHERS CROSS ROAD ARE IN NO WAY THE SAME COMMUNITY. THE THREE ARE COMPLEATLY DIFFRENT COMMUNITYS
nohedint wrote:
<quoted text>I was only a child then but I'll tell you what I remember. It happened in the old Daylight community which is now the Lucky Community on Bratchers Crossroads I think. I know their last name was Bratcher. There was the father and mother, a daughter about 9 yrs old and their 1 yr old grandchild. Gibbs had gotten into an arguement with Mr. Bratcher concerning a hog and he went to their house about mid afternoon. He killed the father in the barn and then went to the house and killed the mother. Then he sat down and ate their dinner and waited for the school bus to drop off the daughter. Then he killed the girl. He bludgeoned all three with a hammer. Then he threw the baby down the well. I believe Gibbs died in the electric chair. Thats about all I know. Hope it helps.
wow.

Rock Island, TN

#14 Jan 24, 2011
I've heard of this.. Someone said if you go to bratcher's farm and hold out a tape recorder then play it back you can hear a man and a little girl talking..
jason womack

Sparta, TN

#15 Feb 3, 2011
the real deal is billy gibbs wanted $50 dollars for food and henery bratcher wouldnt give it to him cause he was a drunk im just 23 years old how do i know this cause the ppl killed was my great uncle and aunt and my grandmother was married to henerys brother and she told me stories about it God rest there souls he killed animals and every thing why didnt he sell them explain that an email me at [email protected]
charles ferrell

Sevierville, TN

#16 May 3, 2011
the information im giving u is factual...from copies of the original newspaper clippings i have..my father, mother and aunt went to school with billy gibbs younger sisters...the murders happened on mar 23 1955 in the rowland station community off old rock island road..henry brather..his wife vassie..their grandaughter
lily may 10...and granddaughter charlotte ann were all murdered...mr and mrs bratcher were shot in the head with a 22 cal rifle..lily was bludgeoned with a hammer...charlotte ann..20 months old drowned after being thrown down a well...billy gibbs stated in his confession that he had gone to the bratcher farm to go fishing with mr bratcher..when he got into an argument with mr bratcher..he shot him...curious why he brought a rifle on a fishing trip..more likely he set out to rob and murder them..since he quickly sold many of their belongings including livestock before he was caught...he was 23..unemployed..and his wife had given birth to twins the same day as the murders..poor decision making by a psycho scheming to get rich quick .. if you need more details... feel free [email protected]
jay 44

Hammond, LA

#17 May 4, 2011
did that happen near the old shrocks store i lived on smithville highway as a kid and i always heard the story but never the details like how much time elapsed between the murders and when they caught him and who was the sheriff back then im sure it was a big deal at the time
bob

Mcminnville, TN

#18 Sep 22, 2011
It did happen closer to Rowland Station. It did not occur in the Lucky-Daylight area.
bob

Mcminnville, TN

#19 Sep 22, 2011
Pepper Branch Road comes to mind--not certain
seriously

Altamont, TN

#20 Sep 22, 2011
Pepper branch road is in town. I have heard similar stories occurring both near Rock Island and Bratchers Crossroads which is near Daylight. One was with a baby down the well and the other was the whole family got thrown down the well.

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