Case 221

Frank & Carol Hilley

*** Content Warning: domestic violence ***

In May 1975, 45-year-old Frank Hilley passed away suddenly at his home in Anniston, Alabama after suffering from severe nausea and stomach cramps. Shortly after, his teenage daughter Carol started showing similar symptoms, sending her mother Marie Hilley into a panic.

An unexpected arrest leads to the unravelling of a shocking story and a hunt for one of the most elusive fugitives in recent US history.

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RESOURCES

 

NEWS ARTICLES

Mother charged in arsenic case – The Anniston Star

Another body exhumed in poisoning probe – The Anniston Star

Carol determined to continue quest for a normal life – The Anniston Star

Hilley autopsy ordered – The Anniston Star

Sheriff Snead joins search for Mrs Hilley – The Anniston Star

Tips pour in, but not Mrs Hilley – The Anniston Star

Arsenic killed Frank Hilley – The Anniston Star

Hilley charged again – The Anniston Star

Speculation abounds about Mrs Hilley – the Anniston Star

Fob James to offer reward for news about Mrs Hilley – The Anniston Star

Where is Marie Hilley? – The Anniston Star

Carol Hilley; the poisonings and three years later – The Anniston Star

Marie Hilley ‘had charisma, says lifelong friend – The Anniston Star

Marie lived a ‘soap opera’ – The Anniston Star

Marie Hilley’s new husband fears for her life – The Anniston Star

Limited psychiatric test ordered for Mrs Hilley – The Anniston Star

Homosexuality and drugs surface in Hilley trial – The Anniston Star

Hilley trial – The Anniston Star

Hilley trial in fifth day – The Anniston Star

Prisoner testifies as state rests case – The Anniston Star

Defense rests in Hilley trial – The Anniston Star

Marie’s sentence: life plus 20 years – The Anniston Star

Order widens Hilley probe – The Anniston Star

Arsenic not cause of girl’s death – The Anniston Star

Audrey Marie Hilley once again a fugitive – The Anniston Star

Warrant sought for Hilley – The Anniston Star

RMC physicians unable to revive famous patient – The Anniston Star

The Marie Hilley saga ends – The Anniston Star

Mrs Hilley likely in woods 24 to 36 hours – The Anniston Star

Marie ‘a risk’ in prison files – The Anniston Star

John Homan mourns an extraordinary wife – The Anniston Star

Mrs Hilley’s son asks state to pay for her funeral – The Anniston Star

Speak out…On Marie Hilley’s funeral – The Anniston Star

Marie Hilley’s husband slain – The Anniston Star

 

BOOKS

Poisoned Blood: A true story of murder, passion, and an astonishing hoax  Philip E. Ginsburg

Black Widow – Robin McDonald

 

OTHER

Hilley v. State

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