Wallace Lanford and Pinkney Mitchell
christian

Charlotte, NC

#21 Oct 18, 2010
anyone have year book photos of here??
christian

Charlotte, NC

#22 Oct 21, 2010
did they dismember her?? or disembowle her i have a class photo of
her...
LakesideGrad1975 wrote:
I attended Lakeside High School in DeKalb County, GA in 1974 and was a classmate of Kathleen Ruth Smiley. EVERYONE who was enrolled as a student at Lakeside in April of 1974 remembers that horrible weekend. Since she had spent two years in our class, she was well-known to everyone. Her boyfriend was in my homeroom (75-01) and he was a very cool guy. What the .pdf file from Fulton, Indiana (her birth town) is correct. Further information from the archives of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from April 1974, and the 1975 kidnapping trial in DeKalb County, GA will substantiate what I will say. Kathy finished eating breakfast at a Denny's with her father and younger sister at the diner's location at Chamblee-Tucker Rd, just off the I-85 North entrance. The diner was located on an access or frontage road next to the hyway. Kathy was asked by her father to take her sister home, but her younger sister wanted to him to do that. That decision either saved her life or sealed her sister's fate; no one will ever know. What was told at the kidnapping trial was that the two drifters (Wallace Charles LANFORD and Pinkney Thompson MITCHELL, not someone named WILLIAM!) were hanging around the Shell station where Kathy came by for a can of gas to fill up her car, which had run out of gas. The attendant offered to take it with her, but his boss would not let him. He stated that she struggled with it, but by the time she got to her car, the two drifters had reached it before her. He saw them help her fill it up and was expecting them to return the can. He saw them grab her by the head and hand gag her as they threw her into the car. That is when he called the police, but had no car tag, just a desciption of the car, a red VW bug. An attendant in a station outside of Greenville remembers seeing Lanford driving the car into a filling station and filling the car. He thought it was weird that his passenger did not get out. Asw he approached the car, he saw Mitchell in the backseat with his feet on what looked like a person on the floor. That person was a bound and gagged Kathy. One thing that I have been told from a member of NC Ghosthunter in 1999 was that both Wallace and Lanford both swore that while they did kidnap and rape Kathy, they did not kill or dismember her. They left tied up and gagged while they went out to score on some dope. What this man found out from his research and interviews of retired detectives, police, and forensic experts is that it is now believed that some goth Satanic cultists may have come across to her in her bound condition,and saw a convienient opportunity to dismember her and get a human heart for a Satanic ritual. The area around the old school had been an hangout for Satanic fringe groups since the mid-1960's and it was common for newer members to be initiated into the cult by acquiring animal body parts for Black and Dark Masses. Some believe that it was a group of late teen and early 20's boys who found her and decided it was time to score some big points with the church master....Even some of the investigators found it hard to believe that Wallace and Lanford could pull it off. Since NC had abolished the death penalty in the early 1970's, both men served life terms. Both have died in prison. To this day, at all Lakeside class of 1975 reunions, Kathy's name still comes up. We will never forget her. But her death must be explained truthfully. Maybe that is why she still haunts the campus of Lincoln Academy.
unseen hero

United States

#23 Nov 22, 2010
I'm going up there this week to offer a peace offering so maybe she can pass on to a better place!! You don't go there expecting to see a ghost without thinking of the implications first!! I'm going to pour some water onto the ground to cool the earth then light a white candle and bring some fruit!! R.I.P
christian

Columbus, OH

#24 Nov 23, 2010
how do you know where the tree is???most people have it wrong......
unseen hero wrote:
I'm going up there this week to offer a peace offering so maybe she can pass on to a better place!! You don't go there expecting to see a ghost without thinking of the implications first!! I'm going to pour some water onto the ground to cool the earth then light a white candle and bring some fruit!! R.I.P
christian

Columbus, OH

#25 Nov 23, 2010
how do you know where the tree is most people have it wrong
GeorgiaGirl

Cumming, GA

#26 Nov 30, 2010
Any pictures of Kathleen Smiley, Wallace Lanford and Pinkney Mitchell? Yes, would like to know why these cruel men kidnapped and killed an innocent young woman. The family member that visited his uncle in prison, did he know Kathleen? If so, was his uncle an aquaintance to Kathleen?
christian

Charlotte, NC

#27 Nov 30, 2010
ive got a pic but youll have to email me....
christians1965@hotmail.com
GeorgiaGirl wrote:
Any pictures of Kathleen Smiley, Wallace Lanford and Pinkney Mitchell? Yes, would like to know why these cruel men kidnapped and killed an innocent young woman. The family member that visited his uncle in prison, did he know Kathleen? If so, was his uncle an aquaintance to Kathleen?
Tifani

Gastonia, NC

#28 May 3, 2011
This is very sad, & to think that people could actually do this to someone is horrific. rest in peace kathleen...
Curious Girl

Gastonia, NC

#30 Jul 29, 2011
Family member wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, Pinkney Mitchell is my uncle and Lanford is my friends uncle. I have heard many stories about Lincoln Academy but know one knows the truth but our family and my friends family. I live not so far from Lincoln Academy and as a child I used to go visit my uncle (Mitchell) in prison. He never spoke about why he was in there. He always told me "Don't end up like me!" meaning not to end up in prison. Anyone who thinks they know about lincoln academy might need to do some research to get the real answers. I will not go into any details. This is a touchy subject for our entire family.
Well, I find the story chilling and very intresting. So if you are really related and know some more details then why don't you enlighten us?
Gastonia resident

Lenoir, NC

#31 Oct 19, 2011
If you will google Kathleen Smiley, you can read the Gaston Gazette account of the story.
Eva Pressley

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Apr 22, 2012
Family member wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, Pinkney Mitchell is my uncle and Lanford is my friends uncle. I have heard many stories about Lincoln Academy but know one knows the truth but our family and my friends family. I live not so far from Lincoln Academy and as a child I used to go visit my uncle (Mitchell) in prison. He never spoke about why he was in there. He always told me "Don't end up like me!" meaning not to end up in prison. Anyone who thinks they know about lincoln academy might need to do some research to get the real answers. I will not go into any details. This is a touchy subject for our entire family.
I've lived in Gaston County all my life and I have done the research. How any one could hurt someone trying to help them is beyond me. This case is the reason I no longer pick people up on the road any more. All she tried to do was give them a lift and look what happened to her.
Eva Pressley

Charlottesville, VA

#33 Apr 22, 2012
I've done the research on this years ago and this is the reason that I will not give anyone a lift any more. She was only trying to be nice and it got her killed. As for the men who did it If you can't do the time don't do the crime!

“Later”

Since: May 12

Matthews, NC

#34 May 5, 2012
LakesideGrad1975 wrote:
I attended Lakeside High School in DeKalb County, GA in 1974 and was a classmate of Kathleen Ruth Smiley. EVERYONE who was enrolled as a student at Lakeside in April of 1974 remembers that horrible weekend. Since she had spent two years in our class, she was well-known to everyone. Her boyfriend was in my homeroom (75-01) and he was a very cool guy. What the .pdf file from Fulton, Indiana (her birth town) is correct. Further information from the archives of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from April 1974, and the 1975 kidnapping trial in DeKalb County, GA will substantiate what I will say. Kathy finished eating breakfast at a Denny's with her father and younger sister at the diner's location at Chamblee-Tucker Rd, just off the I-85 North entrance. The diner was located on an access or frontage road next to the hyway. Kathy was asked by her father to take her sister home, but her younger sister wanted to him to do that. That decision either saved her life or sealed her sister's fate; no one will ever know. What was told at the kidnapping trial was that the two drifters (Wallace Charles LANFORD and Pinkney Thompson MITCHELL, not someone named WILLIAM!) were hanging around the Shell station where Kathy came by for a can of gas to fill up her car, which had run out of gas. The attendant offered to take it with her, but his boss would not let him. He stated that she struggled with it, but by the time she got to her car, the two drifters had reached it before her. He saw them help her fill it up and was expecting them to return the can. He saw them grab her by the head and hand gag her as they threw her into the car. That is when he called the police, but had no car tag, just a desciption of the car, a red VW bug. An attendant in a station outside of Greenville remembers seeing Lanford driving the car into a filling station and filling the car. He thought it was weird that his passenger did not get out. Asw he approached the car, he saw Mitchell in the backseat with his feet on what looked like a person on the floor. That person was a bound and gagged Kathy. One thing that I have been told from a member of NC Ghosthunter in 1999 was that both Wallace and Lanford both swore that while they did kidnap and rape Kathy, they did not kill or dismember her. They left tied up and gagged while they went out to score on some dope. What this man found out from his research and interviews of retired detectives, police, and forensic experts is that it is now believed that some goth Satanic cultists may have come across to her in her bound condition,and saw a convienient opportunity to dismember her and get a human heart for a Satanic ritual. The area around the old school had been an hangout for Satanic fringe groups since the mid-1960's and it was common for newer members to be initiated into the cult by acquiring animal body parts for Black and Dark Masses. Some believe that it was a group of late teen and early 20's boys who found her and decided it was time to score some big points with the church master....Even some of the investigators found it hard to believe that
Is there anything I can do for the family. I live close to where the Lincoln Academy was. It has been torn down to expand a golf course. They say the tree where she died is still there and the wire used in her murder still hangs on the tree. I can visit the site if you want me to and try to find out if she is still around. She may answer to her mom or dads name. I am an ametuer paranormal investigator and it has haunted me since I was young that this happened tyo such a young innocent child. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, TY,
James L GauseJr,Gastonia,NC/goose1upon u@aol.com or gastoniaareaparanormalsociety@ groups.facebook.com

“Later”

Since: May 12

Matthews, NC

#35 May 5, 2012
Is there anything I can do for the family. I live close to where the Lincoln Academy was. It has been torn down to expand a golf course. They say the tree where she died is still there and the wire used in her murder still hangs on the tree. I can visit the site if you want me to and try to find out if she is still around. She may answer to her mom or dads name. I am an ametuer paranormal investigator and it has haunted me since I was young that this happened tyo such a young innocent child. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, TY,
James L GauseJr,Gastonia,NC/goose1upon u@aol.com or gastoniaareaparanormalsociety@ groups.facebook.com
AnotherLakesideG rad1975

Tucker, GA

#36 May 29, 2012
RIP Kathy. You are loved and missed.
Bob

United States

#37 Dec 7, 2012
Family member wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, Pinkney Mitchell is my uncle and Lanford is my friends uncle. I have heard many stories about Lincoln Academy but know one knows the truth but our family and my friends family. I live not so far from Lincoln Academy and as a child I used to go visit my uncle (Mitchell) in prison. He never spoke about why he was in there. He always told me "Don't end up like me!" meaning not to end up in prison. Anyone who thinks they know about lincoln academy might need to do some research to get the real answers. I will not go into any details. This is a touchy subject for our entire family.
.
Touchy subject or not, I knew both if them on the back yard of Central Prison from the first day they arrived . Pinkney was a respectful and trustworthy person on the back yard of Central Prison. Wallace was too. I have no idea who or what they were in society at large, in prison they were respectful people of self and peers. Bob.
william reese

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#38 Aug 1, 2013
I drove by Kathy's house and saw her in the yard doing work 2 or 3 days b4 the murder. I still remember the smile on her face. She waved and we waved back. She was an amazingly sweet girl. I grieved for her all these years. I wish I had found one or both of these animals sometime after this happened . I would have settled the death penalty issue with a final solution.
Debra

United States

#39 Oct 23, 2013
William Reese you got it right. Wish someone could of gotta to those two devils before the police did. Eye for eye. That's what should have happened to them what they did to her. They killed a gaston county girl. Then Gaston county fed & took care of them 30 yrs. That's not justice it's bullcrap. I believe in heaven but I also believe in hell. I pray that's where their souls are. Pure Evil. Pray it's not genic there's more family members living today. R.I.P. Kathy.
Kathy Lakeside Grad 77

Atlanta, GA

#40 Jan 24, 2014
My brother, Danny, dated Kathy and was also one of her pallbearers. She was a truly beautiful person inside and out. A natural beauty that needed no makeup. I remember her VW bug as being orange, not red. She had long dark hair and pretty, smooth skin that always looked tan. She always had a smile and was very friendly. I don't believe the two men could have known her at all to be able to hurt her the way they did. She was nothing but sunshine! In the '80's, I worked with Kathy's younger sister. She, too, is beautiful inside and out. I have the "True Detective" magazine which has Kathy's story in it. Kathy will never be forgotten and my heart and prayers still go out for her family and friends. The world would be a much brighter place if Kathy were still here!
Molly Kerr

Marietta, GA

#41 Mar 13, 2014
Kathy Lakeside Grad 77 wrote:
My brother, Danny, dated Kathy and was also one of her pallbearers. She was a truly beautiful person inside and out. A natural beauty that needed no makeup. I remember her VW bug as being orange, not red. She had long dark hair and pretty, smooth skin that always looked tan. She always had a smile and was very friendly. I don't believe the two men could have known her at all to be able to hurt her the way they did. She was nothing but sunshine! In the '80's, I worked with Kathy's younger sister. She, too, is beautiful inside and out. I have the "True Detective" magazine which has Kathy's story in it. Kathy will never be forgotten and my heart and prayers still go out for her family and friends. The world would be a much brighter place if Kathy were still here!
I went to school with her younger sister in Hong Kong. I saw her a couple of times once we moved back to the sates. Any idea where Patricia is?

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