Fresly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire brood embarks on a crime spree that claims the lives of six people.

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Billy Isaacs
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Carl Isaacs
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Wayne Coleman
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George Dungee
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Mary
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Ned
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Jerry
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Jimmy
John Fox ...
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Richard
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Cheri
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Lori
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Angel (as Tim Burd)
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Sylvia
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Fresly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire brood embarks on a crime spree that claims the lives of six people.

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A Mediocre Depiction of a True Story
3 July 2004 | by (Southeast USA) – See all my reviews

A mediocre portrayal (script, acting, etc.) of the Alday murders in Georgia.

Here is a timeline of the true story:

Alday family murders

May 5, 1973 Carl Issacs, Wayne Coleman and George Dungee escape from Maryland State Prison. They pick up Billy Issacs, Carl's 15 year-old brother

May 10, 1973 Richard Miller is abducted in McConnellsburg, PA. He is murdered in Allegheny County, MD.

May 14, 1973 Carl Issacs, Billy Issacs, and Wayne Coleman enter the Alday home in Seminole County (Donalsonville), Georgia looking for money and guns. The Maryland work camp escapees kill Jerry Alday, his father Ned, two brothers and an uncle. Jerry's wife Mary, who had witnessed some of the killing, was forced into a car and raped repeatedly before she was killed.

May 15, 1973 The body of Mary Alday is discovered.

May 17, 1973 On the day that the Alday family is buried, West Virginia police capture George Dungee, first of the Issacs gang to fall into custody.

May 18, 1973 West Virginia police capture Carl Issacs, Billy Issacs and Wayne Coleman

December 31, 1973 Jury selection begins in Seminole County for Carl Issacs. The racially mixed jury has six women.

January 2, 1974 Carl Issacs goes on trial for the Alday family murders. He will be convicted and sentenced to death.

January 6, 1974 George Dungee goes on trial for the Alday family murders. He will be convicted and sentenced to death.

January 14, 1974 Wayne Coleman goes on trial for the Alday family murders. He will be convicted and sentenced to death.

July 28, 1980 Carl Issacs plans to escape, along with four other inmates. He is moved to a new "Death Row," foiling his attempt, but 4 other men succeed. Three are recaptured 4 days later in North Carolina, the fourth dead at the hands of his fellow escapees

December 9, 1985 3 judge panel finds that pretrial publicity about the Alday family murders made a fair trial virtually impossible in Seminole County

June 3, 1986 Supreme Court orders a new trial in the Alday family murders

September 9, 1988 Murder One, a movie based on the Alday family murders starring Henry Thomas and James Wilder, shot almost entirely in Toronto, Canada, opens to mixed reviews

June 28, 1990 U.S. Supreme Court rejects Carl Issac's appeal of second death sentence

February 18, 1993 Billy Issacs released from Georgia prison

April 21, 2003 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Carl Issac's death sentence

May 6, 2003 The man who orchestrated the Alday Family murders, Carl Isaacs, is put to death by lethal injection. At the time he had been on death row longer than any other person.


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