Southern Indiana serial killer gets 2nd death sentence
Baylee Pulliam - Indystar.com
August 15, 2014
Serial killer William Clyde Gibson was condemned Friday to die
for the murder of Stephanie Kirk, whose body was buried in his New
Albany, Ind., backyard.
Gibson gave short, one-word answers to Floyd Superior Court
Judge Susan Orth’s questions, and turned in his chair as she
detailed the brutal murder: how Kirk died after Gibson put his
“hands in front of her throat” to strangle her, according to his
Death was the “only appropriate sentence,” Orth said in her
nearly 30-page sentencing order.
It was the second death penalty for Gibson, who also was
condemned last fall in the murder of family friend Christine
Although Gibson can appeal, the sentence came as a relief to
members of Kirk’s family in attendance Friday.
“I’m just glad it’s over,” said Tony Kirk, her father. “There
was a little weight lifted. I’ve been waiting two years to hear
Gibson, 56, had pleaded guilty to killing Kirk after jury
selection in the case began, leading Orth to hear testimony this
month on whether he should be sentenced to die.
Kirk’s body was found in April 2012, just days after police
found Whitis’ mutilated body in his garage.
Police said during testimony that Kirk’s back had been broken.
Both Kirk, 35, and Whitis, 75, were sexually assaulted after they
were killed, police said.
Gibson also has been sentenced to 65 years in prison after
pleading guilty to the 2002 murder of Florida beautician Karen
Hodella, whose remains were found in Clarksville along the Ohio
Orth on Friday set Gibson’s initial execution date for Kirk’s
murder as Aug. 15, 2015.
Orth had previously set a tentative execution date of Nov. 26
for Gibson in Whitis’ murder, though both dates could change
because of automatic appeals.
Death penalty cases go directly to the Indiana Supreme Court
for review, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said.
In arguing against the second death sentence, defense attorney
Patrick Biggs had cited Gibson’s history of alcoholism and bipolar
disorder, and his “remorseful” confession.
But if Gibson was remorseful, “the judge didn’t see it,”
Henderson said following the sentencing. He cited a tattoo Gibson
received in prison: “Death Row X3,” printed in large letters
across the back of his head.
“We can’t make someone be sorry,” Henderson said. “But what we
can do is hold them accountable, and that’s what we did.”
William Clyde Gibson pleads guilty in third murder
June 3, 2014
Twice convicted murderer William Clyde Gibson
pleaded guilty to a third murder Tuesday, abruptly ending jury
selection for his capital trial in the slaying of Stephanie Kirk.
The plea came after Gibson, his defense
lawyers, prosecutors and Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth and staff
members spent 12 hours Monday in an Evansville courtroom choosing
jurors for Gibson’s trial that was supposed to start June 16.
Instead, Gibson told his lawyers early Tuesday
he wanted to plead guilty, waving his right to trial by jury. Orth
will hear evidence July 28 before deciding on his penalty and
“I was surprised,” Floyd County Prosecutor
Keith Henderson said in a phone interview as he was returning from
Vanderburgh County. “Why he decided at this point to plead guilty,
I can’t say.”
But “I’m pleased for the family, and I’m
pleased for the community that they don’t have to go through a
trial,” he said.
Messages left for Gibson defense lawyer Andrew
Adams were not returned Tuesday afternoon.
If Gibson’s case concludes as expected next
month, it would mark the final resolution of three bizarre,
disturbing homicides that came to light just over two years ago.
It began after police discovered the strangled, mutilated body of
75-year-old Clarksville resident Christine Whitis, a family
friend, in Gibson’s garage in 2012.
They later dug up Gibson’s yard to recover the
body of Kirk, 35, a Charlestown woman who disappeared March 25,
2012. Henderson filed death penalty charges in both women’s
deaths, and a felony murder charge after Gibson admitted to
fatally stabbing Karen Hodella of Port Orange, Fla. in October
Like Hodella, Kirk had met Gibson at a tavern.
The woman had gone to see a friend, then headed to the Uptown Bar
on Vincennes Street in New Albany, where she’d mentioned plans to
see a guy she’d met the night before to go motorcycle riding.
Worried when his daughter didn’t return home,
Kirk’s father Tony dialed her cellphone and got no answer. She
never was heard from again. Police said Gibson had sexually
assaulted and strangled Kirk before burying her body.
Hodella’s murder was just as violent. He
admitted stabbing the beautician multiple times and carrying her
body in his pickup before dumping it beside the Ohio River.
Hodella’s death had gone unsolved until Gibson confessed after his
arrest in April 2012.
A bizarre twist surfaced two months later, when
Gibson wrote to a Courier-Journal reporter from the Floyd County
jail, saying he’d accept the death penalty in the slayings because
“after all I am guilty.” That prompted the judge to impose a
protective order prohibiting the defendant from having contact
with law enforcement and the media to prevent him from
Gibson was given the death penalty for Whitis’
murder and scheduled for execution Nov. 26, but the date was
expected to be set aside based on automatic appeals. This spring,
the 56-year-old man was sentenced to 65 years in Hodella’s murder
after he agreed to a plea deal.
Gibson has remained mostly silent during the
proceedings, except to say at the Whitis sentencing that he
thought getting death was fair — “I deserve what I’m getting. It
ain’t no big deal.”
Henderson said he’s satisfied that seeking
death in the two cases was the right thing to do. But ending the
prosecutions now “is good for the (Kirk) family and the
Indiana man gets 65-year sentence in 2002 killing
April 17, 2014
A southern Indiana man already facing the death
penalty has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for a Florida
woman's 2002 slaying.
A Floyd County judge sentenced 56-year-old
William Clyde Gibson III on Thursday for the October 2002 murder
of Karen Sue Hodella. Gibson pleaded guilty in March to killing
the Port Orange, Fla., woman, whose body was found in early 2003
in Clarksville near the Ohio River.
Gibson was sentenced to death in November after
jurors convicted him of killing his mother's best friend,
75-year-old Christine Whitis, during a 2012 attack in New Albany.
He's scheduled to stand trial in June in the
murder of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk. The Charlestown woman's
remains were found buried in Gibson's backyard days after his
arrest in Whitis' death.
Convicted Murderer Changes Plea in 2nd Capital Murder Case
March 20, 2014
Convicted killer William Clyde Gibson has
changed the plea from not guilty to guilty, in his 2nd of 3
capital cases. He now admits to having killed Karen Hodella in
In court, he also sported conspicuous new ink.
Already on Indiana's death row for his conviction last year in the
murder of his mother's best friend Christine Whitis, Gibson will
be formally sentenced next month to the maximum non-death-penalty
term in Indiana, 65 years. Gibson has a new tattoo, "Death Row X
3," on the back of his head.
Henderson says the judge has already acted,
ordering he not be given haircuts between now and June, the start
of his 3rd case's trial. That's due to the concern that the tattoo
could prejudice a jury. Henderson also plans to address with
Indiana's Corrections Department just how such a tattoo could be
allowed to be done on an inmate on death row. The Department
stated in an email it doesn't have a photo of the new tattoo, but
if any inmate is found to have gotten a new one while in custody,
he gets a conduct violation.
Penalties for such violations can include loss
of privileges including any good time credits. The June trial will
be for Gibson's alleged murder of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk,
whose body was found buried in his yard.
Execution set in brutal southern Indiana killing
November 26, 2013
A judge in Floyd County sentenced convicted
murderer William Clyde Gibson to death and set a tentative date of
Nov. 26, 2014 for his execution Tuesday morning.
Gibson said after Floyd Superior Judge Susan
Orth announced his execution date that “I deserve what I’m
getting. It ain’t no big deal.”
He asked that the court dispense quickly with
his next two murder trials. “It’s my right,” Gibson told Orth.
In the recently concluded capital murder case,
Gibson was accused of strangling and sexually assaulting
Clarksville resident Christine Whitis, a family friend and
grandmother who’d come to his New Albany home to comfort Gibson
following his mother’s death.
Investigators testified during last month’s
trial that the brutality of the 2012 slaying stunned them.
Evidence presented in court showed that Gibson strangled Whitis,
and broke her ribs and lower spine before cutting off her breast
with a kitchen knife and placing it in the glove compartment of
the woman’s van.
Police tracked down the 56-year-old Gibson at
the wheel of Whitis’ van at Walmart on Grant Line Road in New
Albany, a half mile from the crime scene. Gibson’s sister had
found Whitis’ body dumped beside some garbage bags inside his
garage and called police.
Under Indiana law, the death sentence also is
automatically appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court. Two
additional appeals involving post-conviction review and federal
habeas corpus review of constitutional rights also are provided
unless a defendant decides to forgo them.
In Indiana, executions are performed with
After reading his sentence at the conclusion of
a brief hearing, Orth appeared to choke up as she said, “Mr.
Gibson, may God have mercy on your soul.”
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said
after the proceeding that Gibson clearly has no remorse for the
crimes and deserves what he’s getting. The man’s request for a
fast and speedy trial means that the court likely will need to
schedule a date within the next six months for his second trial in
Gibson faces a second death penalty murder of
Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, whose body was found buried in
Gibson’s yard after Whitis’ corpse was discovered. A third case, a
non-capital murder charge, centers on Karen Hodella, a 44-year-old
Florida woman whom Gibson admitted stabbing to death in late 2002.
A jury from Dearborn County was transported to
New Albany last month to ensure Gibson received a fair trial from
people who weren’t exposed to pre-trial publicity about the
crimes. Dearborn jurors returned the death penalty after
deliberating just 17 minutes on an initial guilt phase of the
William Clyde Gibson found guilty of murder
Jury deliberated for 17 minutes
October 26, 2013
NEW ALBANY, Ind. —After five days of graphic testimony, a jury
in New Albany found William Clyde Gibson guilty of the murder of
Whitis was killed in April 2012.
In closing arguments, the prosecution showed graphic pictures
to say that Gibson coldly, brutally and intentionally killed
Whitis for sexual pleasure and to steal money.
The defense said Gibson was a drunk who was in mourning for his
mother, and just wanted to have sex with Whitis, not kill her.
"If there was ever a case relevant for the death penalty to be
filed, it would be this one," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith
The week's testimony provided a gruesome timetable of events.
Gibson, who had recently lost his mother, called 74-year-old
Christine Whitis, who was a friend of Gibson's mother, saying he
needed someone to talk to.
She went to the house, where authorities said she was tortured,
bound with duct tape, sexually assaulted, her back broken and had
one of her breasts cut off with a kitchen knife.
Gibson's defense team said he never meant to kill the woman,
but was acting under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.
Prosecutors called it a planned act, labeling it one of the
most gruesome cases they've ever tried.
"(It's) very disturbing, very gruesome, very difficult," said
It was difficult, too, for family members, who left the
courtroom in tears. One simply said justice was served.
"I think it's at least some sense of relief for the victim's
family to be able to see 12 independent people reach a verdict of
guilty," said Henderson. "I think that's some sense of relief for
them. But again, our work is not done, we have the second phase on
Monday, and we look forward to that."
Even before closings, both sides argued what charges the jury
should even consider.
"I argued that the words from the defendant's own statement,
that he 'flipped out,' or something to that effect," said
In addition to murder, the defense wanted to add voluntary
Lead defense attorney J. Patrick Biggs claimed that Gibson
testified that he flew in a blind rage when Whitis stopped his
"Their argument was that that was sudden heat. Our case law in
Indiana says that's not sudden heat. That has to be fighting words
that would provoke a reasonable person, and in this case, I don't
think those words would provoke a reasonable person when they're
asked to stop because, 'What would your mother think?'" said
The judge denied the voluntary manslaughter charge.
The defense called only one witness, Detective Ken Fudge with
the New Albany Police Department.
He was questioned about the garbage bags, chainsaw and other
tools in Gibson's garage where family found Whitis' body. The
defense tried to discredit the state's belief Gibson had plans of
disposing of Whitis' body.
"We believe by the placement of the bags, near the body of
Whitis as well as the location of the chainsaw, that suggests
evidence he was going to dispose of the body," said Henderson.
After 25 minutes, the defense rested its case.
"I'm confident that there is sufficient evidence that the jury
will come back guilty," said Henderson.
The jury deliberated for 17 minutes before coming back with the
The penalty phase will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. Henderson said
that could take two or three days. Gibson is facing the death
This is first trial of three for Gibson. He is also charged in
the killings of Karen Hodella and Stephanie Kirk.
Those trials are expected to begin next year.
William Clyde Gibson murder prosecution rests, closing arguments
October 25, 2013
Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the
William Clyde Gibson’s capital murder trial and the closing
arguments in the gruesome case could be made as early as Friday
Defense attorney Patrick Biggs told Floyd
Superior Judge Susan Orth that he expects to be done calling
witnesses by noon Friday and Orth told attorneys to be prepared to
deliver their closing arguments to the jury shortly afterward.
Jurors and family members of murder victim
Christine Whitis watched in horror Thursday morning as Dr. Amy
Burrows-Beckham, the forensic pathologist at the Kentucky Medical
Examiner’s office who performed Whitis’ autopsy, described graphic
photos displaying her many injuries.
Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, had been a close
friend of Gibson’s mother, who died the previous January. Now,
Gibson is standing trial for her murder, one of three women he is
accused of killing in Southern Indiana.
Burrows-Beckham, who has conducted several
thousand autopsies, determined hemorrhages in her neck muscles and
fractures of a bone in her neck showed Whitis had been strangled.
She likely died about 24 hours before Gibson’s sister found her
body in the Gibson family garage on April 19, 2012.
She also pointed out photos that illustrated
swelling, scrapes and bruises on her face, as well as cuts,
scrapes, bruises and what she believed to be a bite mark on Whitis’
genital area. The latter injuries could only have been caused by
sexual assault, likely while Whitis was alive, Burrows-Beckham
It’s the first of several thousand autopsies
Burrows-Beckham has done where she has seen an open wound where a
person’s breast had been amputated, an injury she believes was
caused by a sharp object, such as a knife, either as Whitis was
dying or after she died.
Whitis’ lower spine was fractured and she had
fractured ribs, which Burrows-Beckham said could only be caused by
Swelling on Whitis’ scalp indicates blunt
force, possibly from her head hitting the concrete floor of the
garage, Burrows-Beckham said.
Jurors also heard from Robert Getrost, a
neighbor who testified he had no idea Whitis’ body was in Gibson’s
garage when he drank whiskey in Gibson’s living room on the night
of April 18, 2012.
Prosecutors also called two Hooters waitresses
who testified that Gibson sat at the Clarksville restaurant for
four hours the following afternoon.
The final prosecution witness was Mike Whitis,
the only child of the murder victim, who got choked up as Floyd
County Prosecutor Keith Henderson handed him his mother’s purse
and asked him to confirm it was hers.
Mike Whitis, a childhood friend of Gibson,
described his mother as a kind woman who had a strong commitment
to family and friends. He said she would always stand up for the
underdog, which he believes led her to answer Gibson’s call.
“She always felt like Clyde especially needed a
little help,” he said, adding she “didn't think he got a fair
shake in life.”
Besides Whitis’ murder, Gibson is charged in
the slayings of Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, and Karen
Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla.
Kirk’s body was unearthed in his backyard in
the days after he was arrested. Hodella was stabbed to death in
2002, and her body was found near the Ohio River in Clarksville.
Investigators said Kirk had been sexually
Arguments begin Monday in William Clyde Gibson's first capital
murder trial in Floyd County
October 21, 2013
Opening arguments are expected to begin in
Floyd County Monday in the first of two capital murder trials
scheduled for triple-murder suspect William Clyde Gibson.
The 12-person jury and five alternates from
Dearborn County are being sequestered in New Albany during the
trial, which is expected to last two to three weeks.
In the first trial, Gibson is charged with
slaying family friend Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, whose
strangled and mutilated body was found in Gibson’s garage in New
For the death penalty to be imposed under
Indiana law, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt
that at least one aggravating circumstance — other crimes like
rape, burglary and arson — occurred during the killing.
Prosecutors will argue in the Whitis case that
the aggravating circumstances are dismemberment and sexual
George Streib, Gibson’s lead public defender,
said last month during a pre-trial hearing that dismemberment
should be dismissed as a possible aggravating circumstance because
it isn’t well defined under state law and case law mainly deals
with murders where the body parts are removed for disposal.
Steven Owen, Floyd County’s chief deputy
prosecutor, told Floyd Circuit Judge Susan Orth that evidence
presented will show Gibson, 55, cut off one of Whitis’ breasts and
intended to dispose of at least some of her body parts, because
her body was found lying next to a chain saw and a roll of plastic
“And the facts will show he tried to cut off
her other breast,” Owen said.
Whitis was the best friend of Gibson’s mother,
Jeraline Gibson, who died in January 2012.
Orth denied the defense’s motion to dismiss
dismemberment as a possible aggravating circumstance, as well as
motions to exclude autopsy photos and “gruesome and gory
depictions of the crime scene ” — meaning the five men and seven
women jurors are expected to hear and see many graphic details
during the trial.
Gibson was arrested in April 2012 and charged
in the slaying of Whitis, as well as Stephanie Kirk, 35, of
Charlestown, and Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla.
Kirk’s body was unearthed in Gibson’s backyard.
Hodella was stabbed to death in 2002, and her body was found near
the Ohio River in Clarksville.
Investigators said both Whitis and Kirk also
had been sexually assaulted.
Orth ordered the prosecution and its witnesses
not to speak of the two other alleged murders during the trial
over Whitis’ death without first petitioning the court outside the
Accused murderer William Clyde Gibson competent for trial,
September 24, 2012
Two specialists have told a Floyd County judge
that they believe triple-murder suspect William Clyde Gibson III
is competent to stand trial.
Psychologist Heather Henderson-Galligan
submitted a report to Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth last week
that evidently agrees with the findings of a psychiatrist who also
Reports by both Henderson-Galligan and
psychiatrist Steven Shelton have been sealed in Gibson’s criminal
file. But an online court docket shows both reached the same
conclusion on Gibson’s competency.
He is charged with strangling family friend
Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, and leaving her mutilated
body in the garage of his home in April.
Gibson also is accused of strangling Stephanie
Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, whose remains were found buried in his
yard last spring. Prosecutors also allege that Gibson stabbed
Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla., in October 2002. Her body
was found three months later near the Ohio River in Clarksville.
Whitis’ murder trial has been set for Feb. 18.
Gibson has been in custody since his April
arrest and is being held at the Wabash Valley Correctional
Facility. Orth granted a request from Gibson’s public defenders
for a protective order prohibiting him from having contact with
law enforcement, the media and the public until he has undergone a
mental evaluation and a competency hearing is held.
The restraining order was intended to prevent
Gibson from saying things that would incriminate him. He
previously said in a letter to The Courier-Journal that he is
guilty of the killings and willing to admit it in court.
A pretrial hearing in Gibson’s case is set for
1:30 p.m. Friday to discuss a date for the competency hearing and
a potential change of venue for the February trial.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said
after last’s week’s closed-door hearing that Orth is leaning
toward selecting a jury in another county and bringing it to Floyd
for the proceedings.
Neither of Gibson’s lawyers, George Streib and
John Patrick Biggs, returned phone messages left at their offices
Monday. Henderson also did not return a phone message to his
Under the law in Indiana and most states, a
judge must determine if a defendant is mentally competent to stand
trial. The legal standard is that the person must understand the
proceedings and be able to assist lawyers with his defense.
Sex offender confesses to murder of three women in letter to
newspaper... and says he expects death penalty
June 9, 2012
A man accused of killing three women told a local newspaper
that he will accept the death penalty - adding, 'After all, I am
William Clyde Gibson III, 54, of New Albany, Indiana, wrote in
a letter to The Courier-Journal that he told the prosecuting
attorney that he would plead guilty, 'just to save some more
Gibson was arrested in April for strangling Stephanie Kirk, 35,
and Christine Whitis, 75, along with the stabbing death of Karen
The convicted sex offender responded this week to the
Courier-Journal's request for an interview with the letter.
He refused to sit down and discuss the case with the
Louisville, Kentucky publication.
Gibson is currently being held at the Floyd County Jail in
In his letter, Gibson told the reporter: 'I would be more than
happy to write back to you any questions you may have for me.'
However, the accused murderer would only answer questions via
mail, he went on to say.
Not guilty pleas have been entered on Gibson's behalf.
His attorney, chief Floyd County public defender J. Patrick
Briggs, told the newspaper he intends to 'vigorously defend him.'
Gibson is charged with capital murder for the deaths of Ms Kirk
and Ms Whitis. Both women were sexually assaulted and sodomized,
In April, Police found the remains of Ms Kirk, of Charleston,
Indiana, in the backyard of Gibson's home.
Ms Whitis, of Clarksville, Indiana was found mutiliated inside
the man's garage.
Gibson is also charged with stabbing Ms Hodella to death in
2002. Her body was found near the Ohio River in Clarksville in
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in the case of Ms
During that time, Gibson had been arrested on drunken-driving
charges after police spotted him driving Ms Whitis's car.
Gibson has a lengthy prison record.
The Courier-Journal reported he was sentenced to seven years in
prison after pleading guilty to robbery and sexual abuse in a 1991
attack on a woman at a mall in downtown Louisville.
Court records show he fondled her and stole her purse after
pushing her into a phone booth, and later he said he had been
drinking and using cocaine.
Records also show he had arrests for assault, wanton
endangerment and driving drunk.
In 1992, Gibson told a psychologist that 'it's hard to predict
what I might do,' when he drinks heavily. But in 1999, a
psychologist found Gibson was at 'low risk' for being arrested
again as a sex offender.
The accused murderer also has been charged with being a
habitual offender, listing convictions on 10 charges in eight
cases between 1992 and 2007.
Gibson was discharged from the Army for bad conduct in 1979 and
had spent a year in the military prison at Leavenworth, Kansas,
The Courier-Journal reported.
His trial in the murder cases is set for August 27.
The trail of an accused murderer
Records show significant jail time for Gibson
May 11, 2012
Police are working on tracking the steps of a
New Albany man, charged in two murders and connected to a third.
William Clyde Gibson III, 54, has been charged
with the murders of 75-year-old Christine Whitis, of Clarksville,
and 45-year-old Karen Hodella, whose family said she is from
Florida and was visiting Jeffersonville at the time of her death.
Whitis was found strangled in Gibson’s garage April 19. Hodella’s
body was found in a wooded area near the Ohio River in January
2003. She had been missing since October 2002. The body of
Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, was found buried in Gibson’s
backyard in the 800 block of Woodbourne Drive, in New Albany, on
April 27. She had been missing since March 25. Prosecutor Keith
Henderson has not yet filed charges against Gibson on the third
“We’re trying to track his timeline at least
for the last decade,” said Maj. Keith Whitlow, with the New Albany
Police Department. “Things like employment and travels and
anything like that that would put him in another location besides
New Albany, Indiana, we’re looking at that.”
Gibson’s incarceration history in Indiana and
Kentucky shows he spent a lot of time behind bars for various
crimes, including sexual assault, auto theft, possession of stolen
property and more. However, there are many weeks, months and, in
some cases, years between charges. For example, Hodella went
missing in October 2002. Gibson was free at that time, but was
arrested on Nov. 1, 2002. His last arrest, prior to being arrested
in connection to the murders, was on March 6, 2007. He was
released on Sept. 8, 2009.
Police haven’t released any information on
additional victims since Kirk’s body was found. However, Whitlow
said they are still investigating.
“We’re going to make sure this thing is
thoroughly investigated and if there is any more victims out
there, we can discover them,” he said.
When asked if Gibson is being taken out of the
jail to help in the investigation, he said he could not say. Floyd
County Jail officials said they could not reveal if Gibson has
been in the facility 24-7.
“We’re going to do everything morally, legally
and ethically possible to investigate this case and determine if
any other crimes have been committed,” Whitlow said.
He said the FBI is helping the department with
that effort, by connecting them to a databank on missing persons
and recovered remains. However, he said that the rumor that Gibson
may be connected to Lauren Spierer, an Indiana University student
who disappeared in June of 2011, is purely “media speculation.” He
added that it would be remiss of the department to not investigate
every lead and every missing person in proximity to where Gibson
could have been.
Investigators have been seen at Gibson’s home,
using technology to scan what could possibly be located
underground. They have also been searching inside his home,
loading many items, including a couch, end tables and more, to a
large storage trailer, parked in the driveway. Until recently, an
officer has been keeping watch on the property. On Thursday,
citizens were seen crossing the police tape to take a closer look
at the home and backyard.
“That was an unexpected event that people would
actually start going onto the property,” Whitlow said. “We’re
going to re-evaluate and possibly put someone out there to keep an
Neighbor Susie Ledbetter said she can’t wait
for police to be finished with the home, since so many people are
making it a tourist location.
“It’s getting a little old,” she said.
She said Gibson was always friendly and would
say hi, until around August 2011, when his mother was put in a
nursing home. His mother died Jan. 18 of this year.
“He just quit talking to everybody and wouldn’t
have anything to do with anybody around here,” she said.