Summer of '69

September 12, 1969

I was getting ready to go to work. It was 1:05. I was fixing a sandwich and I heard my neighbor scream.
‘Murder! Murder! No, don’t! No, don’t kill me. No, don’t do it.’

— Mrs. Emma Gross, a nurse, on her encounter with George Howard Putt, the serial killer who terrorized Memphis for 29 days, killing five before his arrest.

Looking back: “My reaction was remorse, because it brought back all the painful memories of that summer,” said Michael Dumas following Putt’s 2015 death in prison. His parents were two of Putt’s victims.

“The death of my parents has always been painful. One part of me was happy that maybe this is over with. We all carry our pain from the past. You never get over that.”