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Wynnton Stocking Strangler
September 15, 1977 Mary Willis "Ferne" Jackson, Director of Public Education for the Columbus, Georgia Health Department is strangled in her bedroom by an intruder.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Columbus, Georgia
September 25, 1977 71-year-old Jean Dimenstien is found strangled and assaulted in a sexual manner in her Wynnton (an area of Columbus, Georgia) home. Similar to a murder that had occured 10 days earlier, the elderly women of Columbus had become a target for a serial killer.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Columbus, Georgia
October 2, 1977 Police arrest Jerome Livas in connection with an assualt and murder of a woman. He is connected to the two Wynnton murders.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 14, 1977 Police announce the arrest of the Wynnton Stocking Strangler, Jerome Lucus
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 21, 1977 Florence Scheible, almost 90 years old is found murdered and assualted
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 28, 1977 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff is found murdered and assualted in her home.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
February 12, 1978 Ruth Schwob averted the Wynnton Stocking Strangler by triggering a bedside alarm. The strangler left, finding Mildred Borom, 78, less than two blocks away.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
April 4, 1978 Police arrest "Chairman of the Forces of Evil," a white man who had begun killing black women in revenge for the Wynnton Stocking Strangler's murder of white women. The strangler had been identified as being black.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
April 19, 1978 Janet Cofer, 61, is murdered, final victim of the Wynnton Stocking Strangler, although this would not be known for a number of months
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
June 19, 1979 Carlton Gary is arrested in Hapeville for trespassing. He had been found climbing a wall of a motel. He posted bond and disappeared.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
April 18, 1984 Carlton Gary is arrested on marijuana related charges in Columbus, Georgia. He posts bond and is freed.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Columbus, Georgia
April 30, 1984 Police, who now suspect Carlton Gary as the Wynnton Stocking Strangler, attempt to apprehend him at an apartment complex where he is staying. Gary runs out of tthe building, naked.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
May 3, 1984 S. W. A. T. team members surround Carlton Gary, an escapee from the South Carolina prison system, at the Albany, Georgia, Holiday Inn. He was captured alive. While in Georgia's custody, he is linked to the murders of three of the Wynnton Stock Strangler's murders.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Albany, Georgia
August 26, 1986 Jury recieves its charge following the trial of Carlton Gary and returns a guilty verdict within an hour.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
August 27, 1986 After finding Carlton Gary guilty on all counts the previous day, the jury returns a death sentence for the Stocking Strangler
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
December 13, 2010 DNA tests on three of Carlton Gary's victims (Jean Dimenstein, Kathleen Woodruff and Martha Thurmond) revealed that Gary's DNA was present on Jean Dimenstein. A conclusive match could not be made against Woodruff and his DNA was not present on Thurmond.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler


Known as either the Wynnton Stocking Strangler or the Chattahoochee Choker, Carlton Gary successfully eluded capture in spite of two arrests in the state of Georgia.

DNA evidence linking him to the 1975 rape and strangulation of a Syracuse school teacher would later be found. Gary had been arrested in the Syracuse area for parole violations in 1975 and escaped from the Jamesville Correctional Facility in 1977. He was serving a one-year sentence in Jamesville for drug and assault charges.

Carlton Gary is also considered a suspect in another Onondaga case.




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