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Officials: Hiker was alive for days; suspect now faces murder charge
CNN ^ | 1/8/2008 | AP

Posted on 01/09/2008 6:20:56 AM PST by Red in Blue PA

BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia (CNN) -- A young hiker whose body was found in northern Georgia was probably alive for three days before she died from blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said Tuesday.

Meredith Emerson was last seen hiking with her dog on Blood Mountain in Georgia on New Year's Day.

1 of 3 Meredith Emerson, 24, was decapitated after her death, an autopsy also found.

Investigators believe she was killed January 4, said Lee Darragh, district attorney for Hall and Dawson counties.

That's the same day suspect Gary Michael Hilton, 61, allegedly made a phone call from a pay phone at a convenience store in Cumming, Georgia, where Emerson's black leather wallet containing her identification cards was discovered in a trash bin.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: emerson; hilton; missing

1 posted on 01/09/2008 6:20:58 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

So... he just kept her around for days beating her? What a nutjob. does GA have capital punishment?


2 posted on 01/09/2008 6:22:45 AM PST by Terriergal ("I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace," Shakespeare)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I read the story, and now I’m angry.


3 posted on 01/09/2008 6:25:51 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Understood. I’m beyond angry. It is mind bending unfairness. Evil does exist.


4 posted on 01/09/2008 6:28:36 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Yes. And it’s the evil that will spare him in court.


5 posted on 01/09/2008 6:34:55 AM PST by SMARTY (Public opinion has the power of the lie/creating it is the work of radical politicians in a democra)
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To: Red in Blue PA
A man does not commit this kind of horrific crime for the first time at the age of 61.

This piece of excrement has done this, or something similar to it, before.

If the police involved are competent, they will be busy compiling a list of his known addresses from over the years and cross-referencing them to disappearances, unidentified bodies and unsolved homicides.

This was sadistic and methodical.

6 posted on 01/09/2008 6:38:12 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: Terriergal

He led investigators to her body Monday in exchange for prosecutors’ agreeing to drop consideration of the death penalty against him, according to Union County District Attorney Stan Gunter.


7 posted on 01/09/2008 6:38:15 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: randog

He’s 61. With the average length of death penalty appeals, he’d probably die in prison of old age before they could execute him.


8 posted on 01/09/2008 6:39:26 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: randog

Thats OK. For about a hundred bucks, they can buy a hit on him within prison.


9 posted on 01/09/2008 6:41:06 AM PST by crz
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To: wideawake

‘A man does not commit this kind of horrific crime for the first time at the age of 61.’

Exactly.


10 posted on 01/09/2008 6:42:53 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Red in Blue PA

My idea of hiking is with a concealed handgun and a nice big knife.


11 posted on 01/09/2008 6:43:00 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Terriergal

Yes, but according to a news report, he won’t face execution.

Since he showed the authorities where her body was, maybe that was the agreement made.

Still ought to kill the son of a bitch, just slowly.


12 posted on 01/09/2008 6:43:17 AM PST by RangerM (Jesus was likely a very good carpenter.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Shows the importance of quick action and notification.

The killer should get the death penalty.

13 posted on 01/09/2008 6:43:19 AM PST by Jane Austen
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To: RangerM

I agree. I hate bargains like that.


14 posted on 01/09/2008 6:44:04 AM PST by Terriergal ("I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace," Shakespeare)
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To: wideawake; Badeye

The article mentions that they’re also looking at him for a case in Florida. I bet they’ll find a whole string of cases connected with him in the Southeast.

I also bet he’s been in jail for some kind of sexual offense (or possibly even murder) in the past and was released. They haven’t let out much info about him.


15 posted on 01/09/2008 6:46:47 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

I’ve heard the same things you mention here.


16 posted on 01/09/2008 6:47:43 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Terriergal
From article...

Charges against Hilton were upgraded to murder Tuesday.

He led investigators to her body Monday in exchange for prosecutors' agreeing to drop consideration of the death penalty against him, according to Union County District Attorney Stan Gunter.

17 posted on 01/09/2008 6:48:40 AM PST by gridlock (300 Million Americans will not be elected President in 2008. Hillary Clinton will be one of them.)
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To: randog
He led investigators to her body Monday in exchange for prosecutors’ agreeing to drop consideration of the death penalty against him, according to Union County District Attorney Stan Gunter.

In this case. But if they can tie him to a different murder, he can get the death penalty for that one.

18 posted on 01/09/2008 6:48:47 AM PST by r9etb
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To: SMARTY
Yes. And it’s the evil that will spare him in court.

Yep. And there will be lawyers lining up to defend him just to get their name in the paper.

19 posted on 01/09/2008 6:50:35 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: gridlock

yeah got that now.

I hate anything resembling a pleabargain.


20 posted on 01/09/2008 6:52:15 AM PST by Terriergal ("I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace," Shakespeare)
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To: r9etb
That seems to be the feeling around the courthouse.

As a sheriff deputy friend of mine says, "This ain't the first time he's been to the rodeo."

They get him on this one in exchange for bargaining away the DP, then seek the DP on one or more of the other murders. AND they can use this confession/conviction as evidence of a similar transaction in the other cases, making it easier to get the DP there.

You can only kill him once, and it seems like this is a target rich environment.

Problem is, this would have been a perfect DP case, with evidence of torture/depraved mind. In the older cases it's going to be harder to pinpoint evidence of torture.

21 posted on 01/09/2008 7:09:01 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: r9etb

One place to look closely is at the murders of the two elderly hikers in Pisgah Nat’l Forest a couple months ago. Her body was found but her husband’s was not.


22 posted on 01/09/2008 7:22:19 AM PST by Adder (hialb)
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To: sarasota

I agree with your type of environmentalism but for some of the hiking crowd, pepper spray for bears is going too far.


23 posted on 01/09/2008 7:38:27 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

Just can’t get my (gun-toting) mind around that one.


24 posted on 01/09/2008 7:40:13 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Terriergal

I think that the family also agreed to this in order to be able to recover the body.


25 posted on 01/09/2008 8:24:32 AM PST by beaureguard
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To: wideawake

There are several deaths being investigated regarding him. Most from the same area and the bodies, including Levi Frady’s, were found in this same patch of woods.


26 posted on 01/09/2008 8:52:36 AM PST by doodad
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To: beaureguard

Thanks for bringing that up. Prosecutors usually clear this stuff with the families before they propose any deals.


27 posted on 01/09/2008 8:57:21 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

Did I hear that he used to be FBI? Maybe I heard wrong was in the other room...why do people go hiking etc alone all the time? With all these girls the first thing you hear is how strong they are and with this one she knew martial arts. I think in this day and age you should NEVER go any where alone especially hiking...just from getting an injury you would be all alone. This story is just horrific.


28 posted on 01/09/2008 9:01:04 AM PST by LYSandra
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To: Red in Blue PA

“blunt force trauma to the head” “autopsy found she was decapitated”

Good grief - is this a real CNN report? If so, pretty lousy reporting.


29 posted on 01/09/2008 9:32:45 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


30 posted on 01/09/2008 11:08:12 AM PST by windcliff
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To: sarasota

And a shovel.


31 posted on 01/09/2008 11:10:32 AM PST by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: randog
How about they now say "we lied!?" I have two beautiful granddaughters in college and I fear for them in a world where serial killers roam the haunts of recreation for regular people in search of victims. I want him dead ASAP

vaudine

32 posted on 01/09/2008 11:15:13 AM PST by vaudine (RO)
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To: sarasota
Why anyone would go into the woods or any wilderness area without a weapon is beyond me. A rabid raccoon could show up, or some other vicious type, either animal or human.

Carolyn

33 posted on 01/09/2008 11:20:46 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: LYSandra

Guess she thought her dog would fend off any trouble.


34 posted on 01/09/2008 11:20:51 AM PST by sarasota
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To: livius
Forgive the anecdote, but it goes to your assertion of priors. Once started, these murderers continue.

Years ago I worked Empl.office for a little rural town twice a week and noticed a man always sitting on a porch as I drove in. One late winter day at dark time, with it snowing, and my receptionist out, the man from the porch came into my office where I had the desk and him between me and the door. I told him my boss had called and told me to get back ASAP, so he should come back next time. He prized up and insisted I take his application, so I hurried through it. In the experience column he told me he had been in prison for 20 years--for murder. I tried to keep calm, as he told me he had been watching me everyday I came in. Talk about creepy! I continued to pack up my stuff and handed some of it to him as if I assumed he would help me out to my car. I just kept talking calmly and moving. Told him to come in next time.

I got away, but never saw him again. Found out a couple of months later he was back in prison--for another murder.

I think he just got antsy and was ready to move again and was considering me as a target.

vaudine

35 posted on 01/09/2008 11:30:59 AM PST by vaudine (RO)
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To: CDHart

Seems many folks put a lot of stock in their dogs. Big mistake.


36 posted on 01/09/2008 11:38:35 AM PST by sarasota
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To: SMARTY

In the name of being “civilized” we have created a system which will always protect the wicked and seldom if ever, protect the innocent.

What is more uncivilized than this?


37 posted on 01/09/2008 12:03:13 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: Thank You Rush

You can die from blunt force trauma, but later be decaptiated.


38 posted on 01/09/2008 12:05:42 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: sarasota

I figure that light weight for hiking means Scandium.


39 posted on 01/09/2008 7:15:36 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
There must be something about balding, old, un-shaven, under-employed white men that causes them to commit murder. HILTON. COUEY
40 posted on 01/09/2008 7:18:46 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: Red in Blue PA
There must be something about balding, old, un-shaven, under-employed white men that causes them to commit murder. HILTON. COUEY
41 posted on 01/09/2008 7:18:48 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: Lee'sGhost

Here’s some inside info that will increase your rage.

Hilton was arrested in the neighborhood where I grew up in Atlanta. My parents are still there and I have been on the phone with my mom every day to get the latest info.

There are two parks in the area where this guy was arrested, Blackburn Park and Murphy Candler. The Chevron where he was arrested is across the street from Blackburn. These two parks are local parks with ball fields and playgrounds. People go there to walk their dogs, play with their kids, or go for a walk. Blackburn was actually on the short list of parks for the Olympic tennis venue before they decided on Stone Mountain.

My mother has seen this dude hanging out in the strip mall across the street from Blackburn. The locals were familiar with this guy. He had a bad habit of getting into altercations with people walking their dogs in the park, and he has threatened individuals with the police baton that he always had with him.

The guy was a loser drifter, sleeping in his car, hanging around the locals parks acting in a belligerent manner. The local neighborhood was familiar enough with him to have warned residents about him in the local neighborhood watch.

Local police were familiar with him as well, but couldn’t do anything about it, as he had not actually committed any crimes.

What a tragedy.

Oh, just got an IM from Mom. He has been named as the prime suspect of an unsolved murder in Appalachicola. The girl there was killed 2 weeks before Meredith and killed in the same manner.

This dude was on a spree.


42 posted on 01/09/2008 8:17:06 PM PST by Juana la Loca
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To: sarasota
My idea of hiking is with a concealed handgun and a nice big knife.

During human evolution we lost our speed advantage to all but turtles by traveling on two legs. But we gained the ability to hold and use weapons. Humans are specifically engineered to walk and carry weapons. To do anything else is unnatural.

43 posted on 01/09/2008 8:32:18 PM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

Carry a heavy gun and make up for the weight by not taking the Yuppie hiking crap, I say.


44 posted on 01/09/2008 8:47:09 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Red in Blue PA

May a guard’s weapon accidentally discharge into the back of his head.


45 posted on 01/09/2008 8:55:22 PM PST by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

Please explain.


46 posted on 01/10/2008 5:58:48 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota

A bunch of buddies and I do a rafting/camping trip in North Georgia / SC / TN every year. Let’s just say that a guy like this would not want to mess with us.


47 posted on 01/10/2008 6:19:05 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: FreedomPoster

You’re the kind of guys I used to camp with. Never forget the time we set up camp and some locals came by and started to think about harrassing us. The guys took out their hunting knives and started sharpening them while chatting them up. (We also had handguns on board.) The locals beat a hasty retreat.


48 posted on 01/10/2008 6:36:50 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=11101&storeId=10001&productId=14719&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=15709&isFirearm=Y


49 posted on 01/10/2008 5:04:21 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

That’s what I’m talking about! Wow...


50 posted on 01/11/2008 5:59:15 AM PST by sarasota
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