Ever Wanted: Patricia Allanson (1991)
Taylor Allanson was born in 1937. She was adored by her aunts and
especially by her grandmother. She was a beautiful child with big
green eyes and blondish hair. She was quick and clever and grew up to
be a beautiful teenager. Pat was spoiled by her mother, Margureitte
and stepfather, Colonel Clifford Radcliffe. growing up to be an Army
brat. She had a younger step-brother, Kent, whom she loved to bully
and tease without mercy.
But there was a
darker side to Pat. If she didn't get her way, she would throw a
tantrum. If that didn't work, she manipulated her way. She learned how
to charm both men and women -- especially if they had something she
Pat married at
the very young age of fifteen. Her new husband was Gil Taylor, a
hopeful young Army sergeant, and Pat embarked on a military life. Soon
she had three children, Susan, Debbie and Ronnie, but she discovered
that she didn't want all of the hard work that involved being a
mother. And the lifestyle in the military was not her dreams of having
a fine home and raising horses. So Pat did what she always did --
appeal to her parents for help.
Soon enough, Pat
was living near or with her parents, having her mother help her out
with the children, and Gil was often off on his deployments alone. The
marriage started falling apart, and in 1971 they divorced.
In 1973, Pat met
Tom Allanson, a tall, strong handsome man, son of a wealthy lawyer,
who was just as passionately interested in horses as she was. He was
six years younger than her. Although she had her eye on someone else,
it looked like Tom could give her everything she ever wanted.
Unfortunately, Tom was married and in the process of an ugly divorce
from a woman known as Little Carolyn. However, the biggest problem for
Pat was Tom's parents, Walter and Big Carolyn Allanson. They didn't
approve of Pat. They were gravely disappointed in Tom and viewed
divorce as not being an option. They sided with Little Carolyn, and
the relationship between Tom and his family deteriorated. There were
accusations flying between both sides along with some pretty dreadful
started to look up for Tom and Pat. They purchased a
heavily-mortgaged, 52-acre farm in Zebulon, Georgia, and started their
dream of raising and showing horses together. In May 1974 they were
married in a "Gone With The Wind" style ceremony. He was dressed as
Rhett Butler and she as Scarlett O'Hara. It appeared that things were
going to work out but........
The feud between
Tom and his father over Pat escalated to the point that his father
angrily tried to force Tom out of his life. To get even, Pat filed a
complaint of sexual harassment against him, claiming that he had
exposed himself to her. Tom grew alarmed over this, along with threats
that he heard that his father was going to kill him, so he took out a
restraining order. His father on the other hand believed that his own
son was out to kill him. Someone had stolen a pistol and rifle from
his home and he was convinced it was his son. The police searched
Tom's home and came up empty-handed. The intense fear and anger
continued to grow on both sides. With no communication taking place,
it was the perfect set-up for a manipulative psychopath who wanted to
get everything for herself.
On July 29,
1974, while taking a trip in their car, Walter and his wife, Carolyn,
were shot at by someone. They survived the inexplicable attack and
felt sure that Tom had been behind it. The situation between father
and son grew more paranoid until August 3. On that day, Tom dropped
Pat off at the doctor and then walked over to see his mother when he
was sure his father would not be home. Pat had told him that someone
had been calling their house all night long and said nothing. She felt
sure it was Walter, so Tom felt it was time to try to straighten
things out. Otherwise, he thought his father might try to shoot him
off his horse in the parade that weekend. His mother was not home but
Tom felt she would be returning shortly, so to avoid the possibility
of running into Walter, he went to the basement to wait for his mother
a call from an unknown woman informing him that Tom was at his home,
Walter returned home. The electricity was off, so he went into the
basement to look around. He found the switch box had been tampered
with. He attempted to call the police, but the phone line had been
cut. He went to a neighbor's home to use the phone to get the police
out there. When they arrived, Walter said he'd take care of the
situation himself, so they left. He returned to the basement and
started shooting randomly. Carolyn was home by that time. He called up
to her that he had Tom cornered and needed the gun he'd just
purchased, so she grabbed it to bring it to him.
When the police
officers arrived once again in response to an emergency call, they
found Carolyn Allanson sitting upright on the basement steps, shot
dead. Through the basement window, they could see Walter laying on the
ground. He'd been shot numerous times. The police immediately
suspected Tom. He'd been seen there, and a man matching his
description had been seen running from the crime scene.
Tom was soon
arrested. When Pat told a number of lies to the attorney in an alleged
attempt to provide Tom with an alibi, the situation became even more
suspicious. Tom had his own story—also a lie—and it didn't match with
Pat's story. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. At the
time of the murders, he and Pat had been married less than two months,
and now Pat had the farm to herself. It wasn't long before she tried
to talk Tom into a suicide pact, which he later felt sure was an
attempt to get him to die so she would inherit everything.
working on Tom's wealthy grandparents until they finally named her in
their will as the primary beneficiary. Her house and barns burned
down, and she forged Tom's signature to get the insurance payments.
She feed arsenic laced food to Tom's grandparents. However, when they
grew ill she was caught and ended up in prison for eight years.
she got out, she started her scheming again. This time, she persuaded
a wealthy couple from Atlanta, Mr. and Mrs. James Crist, to hire her
as a nurse. It wasn't long before they, also, got sick and Mr. Crist
Once again, Pat
was facing prison time. In a shrewd and controversial plea bargain,
she would agreed to seven charges, including theft, attempted murder,
and posing as a registered nurse, if she would never be charged with
the murder of Mr. Crist or investigated for the murder of Tom's
parents. She was sentenced to eight years.
Allanson, the Deadly Magnolia, was released from prison in 1999.
2008, Patricia Taylor Allanson, age 70, was arrested and charged with
doctor shopping for thousands of pain pills over the past year. It is
believed she may have received over 3,700 pills in less than a year.
Her bond was set at $22,500 for three felony counts of unauthorized
Belle just can't seem to help herself. On second thought, she has done
nothing but help herself to get everything she ever wanted no matter
Killing Through Others
Katherine Ramsland - Trutv.com
Patricia thought of herself as special.
Her parents had always bailed her out and she'd never had to take
responsibility for herself. Partly because of that, she felt
that her husband ought to be able to give her anything she wanted.
She needed constant attention—what some men might call high
maintenance---and unqualified love.
She first had married an army sergeant
and stayed with him long enough to have three children, but got tired
of him, so she left him in 1972 to find a better quality of life—what
she felt she deserved. She met Tom Allanson, six years younger than
her. She had her eye on someone else, but it looked like Tom could
give her whatever she wanted.
He had money and as soon as he was
divorced, he was quite insistent that Pat marry him. He later
recalled that he was the one who pressured her, while she would say,
"You don't want to marry me." Yet she could just as easily have
been stoking the fire by making herself unobtainable.
In 1974, he married her dressed as Rhett
Butler, while she played Scarlett, and gave her a heavily-mortgaged,
52-acre home in Zebulon, Georgia, that she referred to as Tara. They
set about to raise Morgan horses, and even Jimmy Carter, then governor
of Georgia, came to visit. Pat's ambitions of being the proper
Southern belle were being realized—or so it seemed. Ann Rule
indicates that she had quite another scheme at work that would
eventually involve murder.
When Walter Allanson, Tom's father,
disapproved of her and angrily tried to force Tom out of his life, Pat
filed complaints of sexual harassment against him, claiming that he
had exposed himself to her. Tom grew alarmed over this, along with
threats that he heard that his father was going to kill him, so he
took out a restraining order. Yet his father was taking a defensive
stand, believing that his own son was out to kill him.
Someone had stolen a pistol and rifle from his home and he was
convinced it was his son.
The police searched Tom's home and came
up empty-handed, yet the intense fear and anger continued to grow on
both sides. With no form of communication taking place, it was the
perfect set-up for a manipulative psychopath who wanted to get
something for herself.
On July 29, 1974, Walter
and his wife, Carolyn, were ambushed. As they took a trip in
their car, someone began to shoot at them. They survived the
inexplicable attack and felt sure that Tom had orchestrated it,
although he was far away on that day. The situation between
father and son grew more paranoid until August 3.
On that day, Tom dropped
Pat off at the doctor and then walked over to see his mother when he
was sure his father would not be home. Pat had told him that someone
had been calling their house all night long and then had just
breathed. She felt sure it was Walter, so Tom felt it was time to try
to straighten things out. Otherwise, he thought his father might try
to shoot him off his horse in the parade that weekend. His mother was
not home, although he expected her, so to avoid the possibility of
running into Walter, he checked the basement door, found it unlocked,
and went to sit inside and wait.
To his surprise, Walter
came home—it was later determined that he'd received a call from an
unknown woman telling him that Tom was at his house---and began to
rant and rave over Tom's presence.
The electricity was off,
so he went into the basement to look around, found the switch box
tampered with, and then went out to call the police. But the
phone line had been cut, so he used a neighbor's phone to get the
police out there. They arrived, but Walter said he'd take care
of the situation himself, so they left. He then went back into
the basement and started shooting randomly.
Carolyn was home by that
time and he called up to her that he had Tom cornered. He needed the
gun he'd just purchased, so she grabbed it to bring it to him. Tom
later claimed that he panicked, certain that his father would kill
him. He could not imagine how he had gotten into such a situation.
When officers arrived
once again in response to an emergency call, they found Carolyn
Allanson sitting upright on the basement steps, shot dead. Through
the basement window, they could see numerous sprays of blood. Not far
away inside, Walter lay on the ground. He'd been shot numerous
times—it was later determined that there were 20 separate entrance
wounds---and the police immediately suspected Tom. He'd been seen
there, and a man matching his description had run from the crime
Tom was soon arrested.
When Pat told a number of lies to the attorney in an alleged attempt
to provide Tom with an alibi, the situation became even more
suspicious. Tom had his own story—also a lie—and it didn't match. He
was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. At the time of the
murders, he and Pat had been married less than two months, and now Pat
had the farm to herself. It wasn't long before she tried to talk Tom
into a suicide pact, which he later felt sure was an attempt to get
him to die so she would inherit everything.
Pat was left alone, so
she began working on Tom's wealthy grandparents until they finally
named her in their will as the primary beneficiary. Her house and
barns burned down, and she forged Tom's signature to get the insurance
payments. Then she laced food with arsenic to feed to Tom's
grandparents. However, when they grew ill she was caught and ended up
in prison for eight years.
Once she got out, she
started up again with her scheming. She persuaded a wealthy couple
from Atlanta, Mr. and Mrs. James Crist, to hire her as a nurse. It
wasn't long before they, too, got sick and the husband died.
In the meantime, Tom had
served 15 and a half years and gotten out on parole. Investigators on
the Crist case arranged to see him to find out what had happened the
day he had shot his parents. It was their belief that Pat had not
only choreographed the entire episode by fanning the flames of
paranoia between father and son and then by sending them into a
head-on confrontation, but also that she had fully expected Tom to
die. The investigators believed Pat had hired someone to ambush
Walter and Carolyn and to cut their phone lines, but they couldn't
prove anything. Tom's story might solve the riddle.
As they spoke with him, a
new piece of information came out: after shooting his parents in
self-defense---afraid they meant to trap and kill him---he had run to
find Pat and she had told him to find his own way home—60 miles away.
He had done so without question. Both of them had denied seeing
each other that morning, and even as he protected Pat, it wasn't long
before he had wondered if he and his father had both been set up.
Pat was a liar, Tom told
the investigators. "Pat was a headstrong, manipulative type person
that would do anything to get what she wanted—and you do not know she
was doing it." He had given her everything: his money, his power of
attorney, his home, and his heart, and she had taken full advantage.
The tragedy of his life would never have happened, he believed, if he
hadn't married Pat.
Once again, Pat was
facing prison time. In a shrewd and controversial plea bargain, she
agreed to seven charges, including theft, attempted murder, and posing
as a registered nurse, with the proviso that she never be charged with
the murder of Mr. Crist or investigated for the murder of Tom's
parents. One again, she was sentenced to eight years.
In an update on her Web site, Rule writes that
Patricia Allanson has been free from prison since 1999 and lives with
her stepfather and his new wife.
always thought of herself as special. Her parents took any
responsibility away from her and thus Patricia was convinced that a
husband had to give her anything she ever dreamed of.
Patricia found this
with her first husband, an army seargeant and had three children with
him. Obviously he was not giving enough so she headed for six year
Tom Allanson, who
seemed able to offer her what she meant to deserve.
They started their
honeymoon dressed like Scarlett and Rhett Butler on their heavily
mortgaged 52-acre home “Tara” in Zebulon (GA). They raised Morgan
horses and Patricia´s “Scarlett dreams” seemed to come true.
It was only two months
after their marriage that Patricia talked her husband into a paranoia
that his father,
wanted to kill him.
made no secret about being against his daughter-in-law.
When a pistol and a
rifle were stolen from
home, his father on the other hand believed that his son planned to
Police searched Tom´s
home - without result.
June 29, 1974 Walter and his wife Carolyn took a ride
with their car, when someone shot at them. Despite Tom was far away,
they were convinced that her son had organized the attack.
When Tom wanted to
discuss the escalating situation on July 3, he went to his parents
home and found nobody at home. He went to the basement to wait for his
mother´s return. To his surprise his father came home, who had
received an anonymous call by a woman, that Tom would be in the house.
After some struggle Walter called the police but sent them away when
they arrived. When his wife Carolyn came home, Walter demanded her to
bring him the gun, he recently bought.
When police officers
arrived once again after another emergency call, they found Carolyn
and Walter shot numerous times.
Tom was soon arrested
as prime suspect and Patricia tried to get him out by telling lies.
Also Tom told lies and so he was convicted and sentenced to life.
Soon after Patricia
tried to convince Tom into a suicide pact, he later thought, this was
her attempt to get rid of him and inherit everything.
Patricia now had the
farm for herself, two months after their marriage only. When the farm
and barns burned down, Patricia forged Tom´s signature to get the
She then worked on
Tom´s wealthy grandparents, who made her primary beneficiary in their
will. Patricia fed them arsenic with their meals and when they grew
ill, she was arrested and convicted to eight years in prison.
After her release she
did not hesitate to persuade a wealthy couple from Atlanta, Mr. and
Christ, to hire her
as nurse. Mr.
only a short period.
Meantime police had
quested Tom again, who was free on parole after serving 15 years in
prison. They found
to be a manipulative liar who obviously choreographed Tom´s parents
In a controversial
agreed to seven charges, including theft, attempted murder and posing
as registered nurse for not being charged with the murder of
Mr. Christ or the murders of Tom´s parents.
Patricia Allanson went to prison for another eight
years and allegedly lives with her stepfather and his new wife since
her release 1999.
The Deadly Magnolia: Patricia Allanson
By Kim Cantrell -
Right out of the starting gate,
Mary Linda Patricia Vann
didn't have much of a chance of not becoming a teenage
mother. Her maternal family had special talent from bringing children
into the world; the fact they didn't (as we say in the South) have a
pot to piss was of little regard.
It was really no surprise when Pat found
herself knocked-up and unwed at fifteen. Marrying the teenage baby
daddy was a useless endeavor and, with three children in tow, had
returned home to the home of her mother and stepfather.
While many young mothers would have been
defeated after a failed marriage, not Pat. She had big dreams. Big,
big dreams. All she needed was to find and marry a wealthy man to
After a couple of relationships that
didn't pan out, Pat met Tom Allanson,
a handsome young man from a wealthy Georgia family. His father was
prominent Georgia attorney Walter
Pat cared little that Tom was six years
her junior or married with a young child, her only focus was the money
and she was determined to tie herself to it.
While Pat turned women against her with
her high maintenance attitude, she had a way of wrapping men around
her little finger and Tom was no exception. As soon as his divorce was
final, he proposed to Pat and although she played coy with "You don't
want to marry me" a few times, she ultimately agreed.
She was finally living the dream.
Scarlett and Rhett
Pat had always related to Scarlett
O'Hara, the protagonist from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone
With The Wind. Scarlett was a woman who knew what she wanted and
wouldn't stop until she got, without stopping to think of anyone other
than herself and just how many, past and future, would describe Pat.
The only difference between Scarlett and Pat was the former was
fiction. Pat, unfortunately, was not.
So it's not much of a surprise that
Pat's new marriage would begin on a Gone With The Wind theme
wedding, complete with southern belle style bridesmaid dresses and
parasols. Pat was dressed as Scarlett and Tom completed the scene in
his Rhett Butler attire.
When the ceremony was complete, the
couple made their escape in a horse-drawn carriage.
It was definitely a wedding event to
Not So Wedded Bliss
have been obvious to others appeared not to be so to Pat.
Independently, Tom wasn't wealthy; it was his parents who
held the purse strings. And try as she may, Walter and
Carolyn Allanson refused to
accept their son's divorce; much less his remarriage to some floozy
with an over-inflated sense of self-worth. What Tom had done to their
family was a disgrace.
Tom didn't care. He was crazy about Pat
and determined to give her everything she ever wanted. So the couple
soon purchased a Zebulon, Georgia, 52-acre farm with a beautiful
gorgeous home that Pat named Tara and set about their life
raising Morgan horses. The heavily mortgaged estate was quite the
attraction, even earning a visit from then Georgia governor
It may have appeared to many that the
Allanson wealth was following the son, but the monthly debt-to-income
ratio said otherwise.
A Woman On A Vengeance
Carolyn were so disgusted with their son that they had cut him from
their lives and their will. Instead, they had made provisions
for their grandchild and Tom's first wife in the event of their
Pat was furious. Nobody, especially not
Tom's parents, were going to stand in her way of getting the money she
saw as rightfully hers.
One day Tom came home to find a
disheveled Pat on the porch. When he asked what happened, Pat told a
pitiful tale of visiting his father's office in the name of helping
the family to reconcile their differences. Instead, Walter had exposed
himself to her while making sexually lewd remarks.
Tom was outraged and was intent on
confronting his father. Pat, however, insisted that he not; she agreed
to a restraining order instead. Soon thereafter, Pat told Tom she'd
heard rumors that Walter intended to kill Tom.
Alternatively, Walter told friends that
he believed Tom was planning his murder. A pistol and rifle had
recently been stolen from his home and he believed it was his son who
had done so. Police searched the junior Allanson's home but were
unable to locate the stolen weapons.
As communication among the Allansons
became not existant, the tensions rose to all time high.
It was the perfect setting for a
narcissistic sociopathic woman to make her next move.
The Murder of Walter and Carolyn
phone calls to both Allanson homes filled with violent threats were
unrelenting. Then on the evening of June 29, 1974, as Walter and
Carolyn drove along a country road, they suddenly found themselves
being fired upon. Terrified, the couple notified police who searched
the area to no avail. But the Allansons were sure they knew who was
On the night of July 3, 1974, while the
residents of the small Georgia town were celebrating Independence Day
with picnics and fireworks, under the cover of darkness, Walter and
Carolyn were viciously gunned down in the basement of their home.
Just before the brutal murder, Walter
had received a call from an anonymous woman claiming that Tom had been
seen entering the basement of his parents home. Walter rushed home and
went straight to the basement where he called for Tom to come out and
face him. When he received no response, he began firing a gun wildly
around the basement while yelling to Carolyn to call the police.
When police arrived, the found the body
of Walter Allanson on the basement floor and Carolyn was in slumped
sitting position on the stairs.
The killer had fled the scene.
Of Homicide and Suicide
It was no
secret that Tom and his parents had long been at odds, so Tom was
investigator's first and prime suspect.
Tom is arrested and charged with murder.
Pat immediately retains the services of a local attorney to represent
Tom, but soon finds herself at odds with the hired gun when she
insists on directing Tom's defense.
Defending Tom was no easy task. Tom
insisted on one story while Pat insisted on another. Tom's attorney
was frustrated beyond words.
As Tom awaited trial, his bride of only
two months visited as often as allowed. During one of those visits,
she presented Tom with a Bible - one of only a few books inmates were
allowed to have from "the outside." But what jail personnel didn't
know is that it was a tool being used by Pat to instigate a suicide
Every chance she got, Patricia begged
the man she loved to join her in suicide so they would not be
separated - ever. Tom considered it, often thought about it, but
simply could not bring himself to carry it out.
It goes without saying that Pat too did
not commit suicide.
Townspeople weren't surprised when Tom
Allanson was found guilty of his parents' murder and was sentenced to
two life sentences, to run concurrent (two sentences at the time of
Pat cried her crocodile tears and put on
quite a show when Tom was escorted to prison. But the reality was, she
now had all she ever wanted - just for her.
Farms, the named given to the property upon which Tara sat,
was still heavily mortgage and the indebtedness owed mostly to Tom's
paternal grandparents who were lovingly referred to as Papaw and Nona.
With Walter and Carolyn gone and their
grandson in prison, the elder Allansons were a prime target for a
Doing her best Southern belle hostess
act, Pat moved the elderly couple into her home and insisted she be
their sole care provided. In declining health and no other family
nearby to help them, the couple was thankful for Pat's generosity.
Soon Pat had convinced the Allansons
that she and Tom (despite his status as a prison inmate) should be the
sole heirs of the estate and the couple updated their wills in which
they disinherited their daughter,
Living with Pat, Nona's health
deteriorated rapidly. Although she had been sickly for some while,
she'd never been bedridden as she was during her stay at Tara.Papaw
was heartbroken. His health was deteriorating, his wife too was in
poor health, in a short time he'd lost a son and daughter-in-law and
his grandson was in prison. His daughter was angry and not speaking
with him, other than to berate Pat - the one person who seemed to care
about something more than his money.
Jean, however, finally broke through.
After notifying the authorities of her suspicions, followed by tests
which showed Nona and Papaw both had arsenic in their systems, and
surprise testimony from Pat's daughter, Susan, claiming she saw her
mother put arsenic in the elderly couple's food and drink, Pat finally
faced consequences for her actions. She was sentenced to time in
A New Start As Pat Taylor
American justice is prone to do, Pat was released after a relatively
short period of time; the narcissistic murderess unleashed on a
society unaware of the evil slinking among them.
In searching for employment, Pat
convinced a prominent Atlanta, Georgia, couple,
Mrs. Jimmy Crist, Sr. to
hire her and her daughter, Debbie, as home and caregivers.
Mr. Crist survived only a
short time after Pat began working for them. The Crist family believed
that Pat neglected Jimmy and poisoned his wife,
Betty Crist. But what was
known for certain was that the mother-and-daughter team stolen money
and valuables from the couple and lied about her status as a
In June 1991, Pat plead guilty to the
charges and was served to another stint of 8 years in prison.
Tom Speaks Out
gives a man a lot of time to think. And during his time in prison,
he'd come to realize several things: Pat wasn't who she seemed to be,
she had used him to orchestrate the murder of his parents, and would
do anything for riches. Money was the only thing and herself the only
person Pat had ever truly loved.
After being released from prison, having
served 15 years, Tom again found himself a desired interview subject
by police. This time, however, they weren't interested in accusing
him, they wanted to know more about evil, manipulative woman he'd
Pat Allanson couldn't pull the puppet
strings on Tom anymore.
Pat was released from prison in 1999.
She went to live with her stepfather and his new wife (Marguerite,
Pat's mother had died by this time). There she opened a doll shop she
named Pat's Pretty Play Things.
(Pretty creepy, huh?)
In 2008, Pat was charged with doctor
shopping and fraudentently obtaining over 3700 painkillers in less
than a year. She was officially charge on three counts of unauthorized
distribution. She entered a plea agreement with a sentence of
How much more will the lady now known as
Pat Taylor get by with
before she kills someone else? It may be an extremely rude thing to
say, but since Pat is now in her 70s, hopefully she'll die before she
kills someone else.
Allanson has used his experience in prison to create a men’s
post-release program: Set Free
After-Care. Each year he provides a multitude of services,
including housing, for men recently released from prison. His mission
to is to provide a more smooth transition from prison to society
living in hopes that fewer inmates will return to crime and ultimately
Pat's only son passed away in 2004. It
was said she engaged in a heated battle with his widow over his
remains. Why she believed she was entitled to an opinion escapes most,
and the outcome of the disagreement is publicly unknown.
Tom Allanson standing in front of
housing built for his men's post-prison program.