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June 6, 2003

Albany - There have been a rash of homicides in southwest Georgia. Three of the accused killers were not strangers to the victims, they were their husbands or boyfriends. Domestic violence is common and sometimes turns deadly.

They say bad things come in threes and it seems true lately for domestic violence deaths in our area. Clinical Director, Mac Wilcox, says, "It's all about power for these men."

More than three weeks ago, in Leary, 50-year-old Linwood Brown was charged with shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Daphne Carter and her dad, James Carter.

On Sunday, in Moultrie, 65-year-old J.C Harris arrested for shooting and killing his wife, 35-year-old Rachelle Harris and her friend, Howard Hunter, Junior.

The most recent happened Monday in Fitzgerald, 72-year-old Hunter Crigler was accused of killing his wife, 52-year-old Anita Crigler. Wilcox says, "There's not treatment facilities or even folks like me, therapist, who can work very well with men who have a perpetuity for violence."

Wilcox helped set up Liberty House, an Albany abuse shelter for women. He's now the director of the Vision Foundation Counseling Center. He says most women are scared to leave their abuser. He says, "I've had them [women patients] run out of their house nude just trying to get away, because these men have no capacity to tolerate any variance of a woman thinking she could leave him."

Wilcox says there are two type of violent men and one type uses his fists. He explains, "The men who use knives and guns just the opposite of that, these men get loud, but their heart rate gets calmer. There's a physiological difference because they can calculate which is why they are more deadly."

Most have a history of violence. Wilcox agrees, "People who generally end up killing their spouses or whatever, have also been involved in violence with other people."

Wilcox urges abuse victims to call police first, then find a safe place like a shelter.

Battering is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call 1-800-33-Haven to find a shelter near you.

posted at 6:15PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com