When I was in the library today I saw this in the new books display: Hands Through Stone: How Clarence Ray Allen Masterminded Murder from Behind Folsom’s Prison Walls by James A. Ardaiz. I wrote about Allen on Executed Today, but the book might be of interest to Charley Project people because, when he ordered the murders that lead to his death sentence, Allen was doing life for the MWAB case of Mary Sue Kitts. She disappeared in 1974, back when most prosecutors operated under a “no body, no murder” policy. Whoever prosecuted her case took a big risk, and won.
The other murders Allen was convicted of were actually related to Mary’s case. He ordered hits on the witnesses who’d testified against him in the Kitts trial. I am against the death penalty, as I’ve said before. But I will say that Clarence Ray Allen is the kind of person the death penalty is designed for: an incredibly dangerous individual whose violence cannot be stopped even if you lock them up forever.
I didn’t check out the book, but I thought I’d mention it here in case any of y’all want to read it. It’s probably very interesting, but I have to prioritize my reading right now.
Next summer, Mary will have been missing for forty years.