russell wade

United States

#83 Jan 2, 2010
hello mikeelam. i have information i would like to share with you about this topic. please contact me at [email protected]
BDT

Buncombe, IL

#84 Jan 30, 2010
I don't want to get into the middle of this argument but since everyone else is stating their opinions i'll state mine as well. In regard to the whole ambush thing I find it very hard to believe a man would shoot himself in the face to cover up a murder. Maybe in the arm or leg but not in the face. IF the ambush was staged I find it much more likely that perhaps his wife shot him first and he shot her back. But wouldn't it have been much easier to just bury her somewhere and say she just dissapeared? With Pussers enemies I can see people believing they offed her to get to him. I can see a car being able to catch up with him in 7/10s of a mile. I drive an 8 cyl mustang and I can catch up with people pretty quick from a dead stop even if they are going 50mph. And a lot of cars were even faster back in the muscle car era. Or perhaps the car had been following him the whole time. He does however raise an interesting point about the shell casings all being found in one neat pile. An M1 or M14 can unload pretty fast but not that fast. But then again the man had half his face blown off so perhaps he didnt remember the ambush exactly as it happend. I'm a little curious now so i'll do some more research. Mike Elam seems to believe all that he is saying. Perhaps he should write a book about his investigations.
Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#85 Jan 30, 2010
BDT wrote:
I don't want to get into the middle of this argument but since everyone else is stating their opinions i'll state mine as well. In regard to the whole ambush thing I find it very hard to believe a man would shoot himself in the face to cover up a murder. Maybe in the arm or leg but not in the face. IF the ambush was staged I find it much more likely that perhaps his wife shot him first and he shot her back. But wouldn't it have been much easier to just bury her somewhere and say she just dissapeared? With Pussers enemies I can see people believing they offed her to get to him. I can see a car being able to catch up with him in 7/10s of a mile. I drive an 8 cyl mustang and I can catch up with people pretty quick from a dead stop even if they are going 50mph. And a lot of cars were even faster back in the muscle car era. Or perhaps the car had been following him the whole time. He does however raise an interesting point about the shell casings all being found in one neat pile. An M1 or M14 can unload pretty fast but not that fast. But then again the man had half his face blown off so perhaps he didnt remember the ambush exactly as it happend. I'm a little curious now so i'll do some more research. Mike Elam seems to believe all that he is saying. Perhaps he should write a book about his investigations.
It is indeed rumored by some locals that Pauline shot Buford as she defended herself from him, but if anyone knows for sure, they aren't talking. As for a car catching up with Buford in that seven tenths of a mile stretch, we reconstructed the ambush using a Cadillac as the alleged ambush party was supposed to be driving that morning. We did our reconstruction in the daylight were as the alleged ambush took place before dawn with the ambush party driving without headlights. Our Cadillac was driven by a professional driver. Driving as hard as he could with the benefit of driving in the light of day, he was no were near the other vehicle as it reached the first ambush site.

Some of the information I have gathered comes from the first person on scene at the ambush sites that day, other information comes from the photographer that took the photos for the TBI. Neither of these individuals believe it was a real ambush and after reconstructing the ambush and interviewing a few others connected to the event, I too believe it was not a true ambush as Pusser claimed.
Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#86 Jan 30, 2010
BDT wrote:
I don't want to get into the middle of this argument but since everyone else is stating their opinions i'll state mine as well. In regard to the whole ambush thing I find it very hard to believe a man would shoot himself in the face to cover up a murder. Maybe in the arm or leg but not in the face. IF the ambush was staged I find it much more likely that perhaps his wife shot him first and he shot her back. But wouldn't it have been much easier to just bury her somewhere and say she just dissapeared? With Pussers enemies I can see people believing they offed her to get to him. I can see a car being able to catch up with him in 7/10s of a mile. I drive an 8 cyl mustang and I can catch up with people pretty quick from a dead stop even if they are going 50mph. And a lot of cars were even faster back in the muscle car era. Or perhaps the car had been following him the whole time. He does however raise an interesting point about the shell casings all being found in one neat pile. An M1 or M14 can unload pretty fast but not that fast. But then again the man had half his face blown off so perhaps he didnt remember the ambush exactly as it happend. I'm a little curious now so i'll do some more research. Mike Elam seems to believe all that he is saying. Perhaps he should write a book about his investigations.
Tyoe the word crimemyths into your Internet search box. That will take you to a forum where you can get more information.
road runner

Leipsic, OH

#87 Feb 1, 2010
One of the misleading stories of the ambush is that Buford had half his face shot off and had 16 surgeries to correct it. Not true. Yes he had damage to his jaw, it didn't drop to his chest. He was able to talk after the ambush. He was also able to talk after his surgery in Memphis. Of the 16 surgeries most were to his right eye area. He was in an accident after the ambush and really cut up the area. Something to think about.
Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#88 Feb 1, 2010
road runner wrote:
One of the misleading stories of the ambush is that Buford had half his face shot off and had 16 surgeries to correct it. Not true. Yes he had damage to his jaw, it didn't drop to his chest. He was able to talk after the ambush. He was also able to talk after his surgery in Memphis. Of the 16 surgeries most were to his right eye area. He was in an accident after the ambush and really cut up the area. Something to think about.
Ahh..., someone has done their research. Lots of myths out there about Buford, the ambush, the robbery at the Plantations Club, the Hathcock shooting etc. I have to wonder why people still try to hide the truth about all of this?

Mike
BDT

Buncombe, IL

#89 Feb 1, 2010
Regardless a man isn't going to shoot himself in the face. I can think of much easier ways for a respected lawman to cover up a crime. Isn't it at all possible that Pusser pissed off some crooks that wanted him dead? Forgive me about being skeptical about what you guys are saying but this is the first i've ever heard about any of this. My dad grew up not too far away from Adamsville (in Florence AL) and he has only good things to say about Pusser. My Dad actually used to run around with Louise Hathcocks neice in his younger years. I'm not calling you guys crazy but i'm going to need some convincing before I believe any of this. As far as the crime myths forum I joined for about a day and only saw a bunch of back and forth arguing and bad mouthing so I left the group. You guys do bring up some valid points however. But so does a guy I know that thinks that 9-11 was a government conspiracy. You have made me curious though so I intend to investigate this furthur. Maybe you are right or then again maybe not. Ill look into it some more.
Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#90 Feb 1, 2010
BDT wrote:
Regardless a man isn't going to shoot himself in the face. I can think of much easier ways for a respected lawman to cover up a crime. Isn't it at all possible that Pusser pissed off some crooks that wanted him dead? Forgive me about being skeptical about what you guys are saying but this is the first i've ever heard about any of this. My dad grew up not too far away from Adamsville (in Florence AL) and he has only good things to say about Pusser. My Dad actually used to run around with Louise Hathcocks neice in his younger years. I'm not calling you guys crazy but i'm going to need some convincing before I believe any of this. As far as the crime myths forum I joined for about a day and only saw a bunch of back and forth arguing and bad mouthing so I left the group. You guys do bring up some valid points however. But so does a guy I know that thinks that 9-11 was a government conspiracy. You have made me curious though so I intend to investigate this furthur. Maybe you are right or then again maybe not. Ill look into it some more.
Did you visit the file section while you were there? Did you listen to any of the audio files? Did you look at Louise Hathcock's autopsy report? Did you question why all of Buford's wound were to the left side of his body? Did you read where then County Coroner stated that he was present when Buford claimed to have been stabbed and Moore said it NEVER happened. Did you read about the second ambush site where all of the shell casing were found piled up together rather than scattered down the road. You probably missed a lot of good stuff.

Mike
paul

Pleasant Hill, TN

#91 Feb 19, 2010
I swear, everytime something comes up about a cop, they end up being crooked as a bucket of fish hooks...

Why is this??

Maybe, it's because they are under other politicans, that are corrupt??? From, east to west, and north to south the law seems more corrupt, than the people they are arresting

Somebody has to be honest, don't they??
Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#92 Feb 19, 2010
LOL..., I agree with you...,not all cops are crooked. You are simply making an outrageous statement in order to make a point. I was in law enforcement myself and I can tell you that cops are people too. Most are honest and try to do their job and lead by example...,unfortunately, some don't.

An elected Sheriff really doesn't work under any other "politician". Sure, a sheriff can chose to be involved in corruption with a politician if he so chooses, but no one can force him into that position. Some take that path by their own choosing.

Yes, somebody has to be honest. There was Sheriff Cleaton Wilbanks from Alcorn County and James Opal Gray from McNairy County. I haven't heard anyone level a charge of dishonesty against them. Jim Moffett, Buford's own Chief Deputy, stated that James Opal Gray was the best sheriff he ever worked for. Why did he not say it was Pusser? Maybe there was something to all of those allegations that so many made against the celebrated sheriff.

People often say where there is smoke, there is fire. Well..., apparently lots of people thought that McNairy County was pretty clouded over back in the 60's.
paul

Pleasant Hill, TN

#93 Feb 20, 2010
Glad you posted..

It seems that if a sheriff wants to, they can..And, yes people are people, and people love money.. So, it would be very easy to get into the obvious, because they will get blamed no matter what..LOL

I was just thinking about those campaign funds.. I don't think many sheriff's would bust these folks, if they were contributing to the cause....

Mike Elam

Rogers, AR

#94 Feb 20, 2010
paul wrote:
Glad you posted..
It seems that if a sheriff wants to, they can..And, yes people are people, and people love money.. So, it would be very easy to get into the obvious, because they will get blamed no matter what..LOL
I was just thinking about those campaign funds.. I don't think many sheriff's would bust these folks, if they were contributing to the cause....
Most people misunderstand my position on the late sheriff. I think he did McNairy County some good while he was sheriff. I have stated many times that had your life been in danger, he would have protected you.

On the other hand, too many people have related to me how he took advantage of his office and its powers. Many people have told how they had to pay Sheriff Pusser to be able to operate their enterprises outside the law.

The movie "Walking Tall" , which Buford said was 80 to 90 % true, it turns out was based on certain events in his life and even those where highly embellished in the movie. For the most part the movie appears to be a very fictionalized version of his career.

I would suggest that everyone research his story for themselves if the want to know about the real Buford Pusser. I was surprised by what I learned.
paul

Pleasant Hill, TN

#95 Feb 20, 2010
This sounds just like our current sheriff in my area.. Mark Gwen, is the head of the TBI, and I am certain he smells a bad smell from this administration..

This cat has been slick, so far.. He's made a hell of a lot of money for a sheriff.. This might be why the TBI has gotten so many complaints...

There is definetly something wrong going on in this county, and most people know it

I probally won't post anymore about our current sheriff, but the similarities are outstanding
Ray

Beech Bluff, TN

#96 Feb 20, 2010
SELMER, Tenn.— Two people previously charged in connection with the case of a Tennessee woman whose body was found floating in the Tuscumbia River have been indicted by a McNairy County grand jury on additional charges.

McNairy County Circuit Court records show Aaron Hastings Jr. and Amanda Wilbanks were indicted on charges of kidnapping, simple assault and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 during the most recent term of the county grand jury.

Both were charged in December in Alcorn County with improper disposal of a corpse in connection with the dumping of the body of 50-year-old Donna Hill of Ramer, Tenn. Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Jerry Rogers said at the time they believe Hill was killed elsewhere prior to her body being left in the river in Alcorn County.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent in Charge in Jackson, Tenn. John Mehr said Thursday the case remains open and investigators are continuing to pursue leads and follow up on information.

No charges have been filed directly related to Hill’s death.

Hill’s body was discovered by a deer hunter floating in the Tuscumbia River approximately three miles north of the Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area boat ramp off of County Road 750 on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009.

Hastings was arrested by Corinth police shortly after the discovery of Hill’s body on an unrelated burglary charge.

Wilbanks was arrested by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department on the charge of theft over $10,000. She is accused of being in possession of Hill’s rental car which was reported as missing after her body was discovered.

(Amanda Ervin Wilbanks) is the daughter of former McNairy Co sheriff Paul Ervin. Paul Ervin is the Tennessee Highway Patrol that investigated the wreck of Buford Pusser.
john

Pleasant Hill, TN

#97 Feb 22, 2010
You think the above post has anything to do with "pusser's" case?
Ray

United States

#98 Feb 22, 2010
You think the above post has anything to do with "pusser's" case?

John,,Is Pusser having a pending case??
mikeelam

Rogers, AR

#99 Feb 23, 2010
To John:

There is no pending Pusser case. This is merely a point of interest item. It is actually about the daughter of Paul Ervin. Ervin, back in the Pusser era, was a state trooper. It was Trooper Paul Ervin who investigated Buford's fatal accident. Paul Ervin later served as McNairy County sheriff.

It now appears that Ervin's daughter is being investigated for crimes she is alleged to have committed.

john

Pleasant Hill, TN

#100 Feb 23, 2010
I completely understand.. I sure didn't mean for the post/posts, to read, like Pusser's case was stil going..

kathy

Chicago, IL

#101 Feb 28, 2010
Donna Hill of Ramer Tennessee was my best friend for the last 20 plus years. If anyone hears anything more about what happened to her please email me at [email protected] I miss her so much.
Rudy

Ronda, NC

#102 May 7, 2010
mikeelam wrote:
I'm looking for people who actually knew Buford Pusser personally. I am researching his history and have heard stories both good and bad about the former sheriff. I'm just trying to learn the truth about the legendary sheriff. My trips to McNairy County have been interesting to say the least as opinions seem to vary greatly on the man. So what is the truth?
Talk to Steve Sweat, at Steve Sweat's body shop in Selmer. He knows more about Buford than anyone.

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