Murder back in the 70s

Murder back in the 70s

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JFK

Jonesboro, AR

#1 Jul 3, 2007
Does anyone remember a murder back in Memphis, between 1974-1976, of a nurse, who worked at the then City Hospital (John Gaston), across from Baptist downtown? Her first name was Debra, and I believer her last name was Boone. She came late to work on the night shift and was murdered by three black youths in the parking lot. I believe they were found not guilty. I was just wondering in anyone out there remembers this murder and can add anything to it. Thanks. Just curious, as I was living there at the time and working at Baptist when it happened.
DDS

United States

#2 Jul 12, 2007
I remember it as a gross miscarriage of justice where all of the individuals aprehended were set free. They were caught returning to the crime scene with gasoline to burn the body. It was a grisly murder where the young lady was tortured and her body mutilated. I cannot find any account of the murder anywhere. some years ago, the Memphis paper ran an article about the three animals who committed this crime and thelives they are now living.
Spider

United States

#3 Jul 18, 2007
I vaguely remember from my childhood in the late 60's a murder that possibly involved the Montesi family and the Four Flames Restaurant. Does anyone remember the details of all of this?
JFK

Jonesboro, AR

#4 Jul 19, 2007
DDS wrote:
I remember it as a gross miscarriage of justice where all of the individuals aprehended were set free. They were caught returning to the crime scene with gasoline to burn the body. It was a grisly murder where the young lady was tortured and her body mutilated. I cannot find any account of the murder anywhere. some years ago, the Memphis paper ran an article about the three animals who committed this crime and thelives they are now living.
Yes, what you say is true. I remember that they got off scot-free, and right after that the sheriff's department gave a gun safety class for women in Memphis who wanted to know how to protect themselves. One of the deputies told our class that the evidence was stacked against these kids proving that they were guilty, but hey, they did it in Memphis---so you can figure that one out quite easily!
Seems like I vaguely recall reading something as well about one of the youths working at a McDonald's after it happened. Wonder what kind of nightmares they have now that they are older men? if they had any conscience to begin with! Thanks for your comments.
JFK

Jonesboro, AR

#5 Jul 19, 2007
Spider wrote:
I vaguely remember from my childhood in the late 60's a murder that possibly involved the Montesi family and the Four Flames Restaurant. Does anyone remember the details of all of this?
Spider, I lived in Memphis for ten years and worked at Baptist Hospital. I don't seem to recall anything about the Four Flames, but I do know that there was a nurse, Deborah Montesi, who was coming home from work and was killed by a drive-by shooter. If I am correct in this, and I believe that I am---they never knew who killed her. Then there was Deborah Groseclose, whose husband killed her and threw her into the truck of her car and parked it at the library downtown. This was in July hot weather and the stench was how they finally discovered her! That was three women named Deborah murdered in Memphis while I was living there!
spider

United States

#6 Jul 20, 2007
JFK wrote:
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Spider, I lived in Memphis for ten years and worked at Baptist Hospital. I don't seem to recall anything about the Four Flames, but I do know that there was a nurse, Deborah Montesi, who was coming home from work and was killed by a drive-by shooter. If I am correct in this, and I believe that I am---they never knew who killed her. Then there was Deborah Groseclose, whose husband killed her and threw her into the truck of her car and parked it at the library downtown. This was in July hot weather and the stench was how they finally discovered her! That was three women named Deborah murdered in Memphis while I was living there!
That may be what I am think of, JFK. Thanks for your help.
JFK

Cabot, AR

#7 Jul 26, 2007
spider wrote:
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That may be what I am think of, JFK. Thanks for your help.
If you ever hear anymore about this case of the nurse---Debra Boone, post it here, please. thanks.
gonefishin

United States

#8 Aug 17, 2007
There was a young woman early 20's origianlly from kennett mo/piggott ar area that was murdered by 3 or more black men in 1980 something. Her name was Kim Milburn or Wilburn, sorry that I am confused on the last name, no disrespect to her. They raped her and ran her over with her car and then threw her off a bridge (something like that). They did find them and I believe they were found guilty but are probably free by now.
Still Angry

Rives, MO

#9 Aug 18, 2007
The name Debra Ann Boone will live forever in my mind. A beautiful girl, and the only child of an older couple. I was the night manager of a liquor store on Jackson ave, when one night a police lt walked in and appeared visibly shaken. We knew him from his patrols.
After he told us what happened we were speechless and felt powerless. Why could myslef or a few of the good guys been close by when these punks abducted this poor beautiful girl.( Nathaniel Young was one of the punks that raped and killed her. I will never ever forget these punks, and pray that one day they die the same way.
By the way, one lives in Indianapolis I heard.

Memphis
Still Angry

Rives, MO

#10 Aug 18, 2007
JFK wrote:
Does anyone remember a murder back in Memphis, between 1974-1976, of a nurse, who worked at the then City Hospital (John Gaston), across from Baptist downtown? Her first name was Debra, and I believer her last name was Boone. She came late to work on the night shift and was murdered by three black youths in the parking lot. I believe they were found not guilty. I was just wondering in anyone out there remembers this murder and can add anything to it. Thanks. Just curious, as I was living there at the time and working at Baptist when it happened.
Debra Ann Boone, the only child of an older couple. She was a beautiful girl, and I am still angry till this day over what happened to her, and the farce of a trial with an all black jury..!!b What a joke. Nathaniel Young was one of the punks that did this to her.
jay

AOL

#12 Aug 21, 2007
does anyone remember or have information about a murder in menphis of a lady, last name bennett in 76/77...black man followed her home from church, from what i have been told...anything is better than nuthin
JFK

Aurora, MO

#13 Aug 23, 2007
Still Angry wrote:
The name Debra Ann Boone will live forever in my mind. A beautiful girl, and the only child of an older couple. I was the night manager of a liquor store on Jackson ave, when one night a police lt walked in and appeared visibly shaken. We knew him from his patrols.
After he told us what happened we were speechless and felt powerless. Why could myslef or a few of the good guys been close by when these punks abducted this poor beautiful girl.( Nathaniel Young was one of the punks that raped and killed her. I will never ever forget these punks, and pray that one day they die the same way.
By the way, one lives in Indianapolis I heard.
Memphis
YES! I remember the name "Nathaniel Young" now! thanks for jarring my memory. Right after this happened the sheriff's department gave a gun class for defense purposes to women in Memphis. I know some who attended.
Of course this is hearsay, but one said that the officer giving the course out and out said that the evidence was OVERWHELMING against these little two-bit thugs (human debris), and that they got away with a ghastly murder of this girl, Debra Ann Boone. Some of the things they did to here were told to the class---this was after they had been found "not guilty"---in Memphis, imagine that!!!--- it was truly a gruesome and disgusting crime they committed. They were consumed with evil and hatred, and probably lust.(Could we call it today a "hate crime"?) Their fate awaits them, which is drawing closer and closer as time goes on. Unless repentance and admission is made before God and man, I shudder to think what their eternal destiny will be---it will be a million times worse than what they put Debra Boone through! And the sooner the better!
JFK

Aurora, MO

#14 Aug 23, 2007
jay wrote:
does anyone remember or have information about a murder in menphis of a lady, last name bennett in 76/77...black man followed her home from church, from what i have been told...anything is better than nuthin
I was living there during those years, but I can't remember exactly about the name Bennett, although it is vaguely familiar... do a google search of Memphis crimes during those years and see if you come up with something.
AMS

UK

#15 Sep 4, 2007
can anyone give me a website on which tells the story of the murder, were two adults burried children, if anyone knows what i'm talking about that would be grate
JFK

United States

#16 Sep 5, 2007
AMS wrote:
can anyone give me a website on which tells the story of the murder, were two adults burried children, if anyone knows what i'm talking about that would be grate
need more info about this... was it in Memphis? don't recall hearing about it. when was it supposed to have happened? where did you hear about it?
Loyally

Memphis, TN

#17 Oct 11, 2007
She was an alum of my sorority. I just heard about it last night and this is all I can find about it on the web. Does anyone know where I can find the newspapers or the date or year even to be exact? Thanks.
marilyn

AOL

#18 Nov 4, 2007
Spider wrote:
I vaguely remember from my childhood in the late 60's a murder that possibly involved the Montesi family and the Four Flames Restaurant. Does anyone remember the details of all of this?
I rememeber they lived on s. perkins st in mphs and that she was murdered in the house. It was a big case back then, seems like it went on for awhile. I think the husband was a big suspect but I think they said someone else murdered her. I was just thinking about this today because I passed by the house. I would always look at it every time I past it after the murder. I wondered what happened and the details of it all. I thought there would be something on the internet about it but I was surprised not. I would also appreciate anyone giving us a play back of the murder case. Thank you!!
Grace

Memphis, TN

#19 Jan 17, 2008
I attended East High my last 2 years of school, Debra Boone and I had the same homeroom teacher. Debra was a very sweet and vibrant person. We graduated in 1972, she had a Mustang. We did not hang out as pals, but she was always willing to help anyone that she could. She gave me a ride to our graduation practice and another school function. I remember seeing her picture on the front page of the newspaper and the horror that I felt for what had happened to her. I do know that in 1982 or 1983 1 of her murderers was managing a fast food place on Crump, I believe that it was a Burger King but I think it is closed down now. I have never forgotten what a nice person Debra was nor what happened to her. The Evil will be returned to Evil-doers. The judge would not let the jurors see colored pictures of the scene. They were shown black and white pictures. I was told this by someone who worked on the case years ago about the pictures. The defense argued that the colored photos would incite the jury. She died in color, but it was thought that it would prejudice the jury against the defendants to see the victim and her blood in color. Memphis Justice!!!!
cnicolecarter

College Station, TX

#20 Feb 1, 2008
OMG THAT IS SO SAID SAD I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WAS ABUSED N-E WAYZ I'M NOT TELLING AND I KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE THAT TO ME SO I SHALL GET MY REVENGE WHEN THEY GO NIGHT-NIGHT!!!!!!!!
SO LOL THEY ARE GOING TO BE DEAD BY NEXT WEEK AND THEY CAN NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT
michael boland

United States

#21 Mar 8, 2008
Iam currently in the pre-production to make a movie on this murder , I was 23 when this happen and I was in the shelby county jail for having a fight
they put me in the same cell block with william groseclose and Phillip Britt, the things they told me have stayed with me all these years. Even today people have missed a part of why it happened
JFK wrote:
Does anyone remember a murder back in Memphis, between 1974-1976, of a nurse, who worked at the then City Hospital (John Gaston), across from Baptist downtown? Her first name was Debra, and I believer her last name was Boone. She came late to work on the night shift and was murdered by three black youths in the parking lot. I believe they were found not guilty. I was just wondering in anyone out there remembers this murder and can add anything to it. Thanks. Just curious, as I was living there at the time and working at Baptist when it happened.

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