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Murder and mutilation shocks community, 1940

Pickens' Most Heinous Crime Revisited

    Juanita Jones was said to be "one of the most beautiful and most popular girls" at Tate High School. The 15-year-old was murdered by her husband less than six months after her marriage to J. M. Carney, pictured at top.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer 

   Seventy-five years ago this week, Pickens County citizens were stunned by what many people believe to be the most heinous crime ever committed in the county. The murder of a pregnant fifteen-

year-old girl by her husband shocked the community and yet few Pickens County residents are aware of the crime today. When the gruesome details of the murder are factored in, including the dismemberment of the body, the boiling of body parts, and the hiding of them in an outhouse, most people would agree that this murder is undeniably the most heinous crime ever committed in this area. 

     An interesting sidebar is that the resulting murder trial launched the career of a young, ambitious lawyer, Herman Talmadge, which eventually led him to the governorship of Georgia and a long-time tenure in Washington D. C. as a senator.
    According to news reports of the period from the Atlanta Journal, the victim was described as one of Tate's most beautiful and most popular girls. Juanita Jones was also very smart with many predicting her to be the eventual valedictorian of her Tate High School class, but she cut her educa

     See the full story in this week's Halloween edition of the Progress.