Saturday, May 9, 2020

Patricia Allanson (Pat Taylor), Serial Killer by Proxy – Georgia, 1976


Ann Rule book Everything She Ever Wanted: Obsessive Love, Murder & Betayal.
Pocket Books; Dec. 1, 1993.

Publisher Copy –

For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.

Pat's only brother had died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic, and no one -- from her wealthy employers to her own children -- was safe when Pat Allanson didn't get her way. It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good -- if indeed they have.

In this fascinating account, Ann Rule delivers a tour de force: a whirlwind of misguided love, denial, guilt, and passions out of control; a series of brilliantly manipulated crimes; the bizarre and horrifying tale of two families brought to ruin; and, at the center of it all, the heartless, supremely selfish sociopath whose evil hid behind soft words and gentle manners, but who destroyed -- without mercy -- those who loved her.

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Although she did spend time in prison, Patricia Allanson was never convicted of a single murder.

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CHRONOLOGY
Aug. 22, 1937 – Nary Lynn Patricia Vann born Wilmington, North Carolina.
Sep. 6,1952 - 15 Married SGT Gilbert “Junior” Taylor in Atlanta, Georgia. She had three children with Gil, Susan, Debbie and Ronnie
1972 – Patricia (35) left Taylor and their children to find a better quality of life.
1973 – Patricia met Tom Allanson.
1974 – Pat begins to poison Tom’s grandparents with arsenic. Her house and barns burned down, presumably by her own hand, and forged Tom’s signature for the insurance checks.
May 9, 1974 – married T. A. in a "Gone With The Wind" style ceremony.
1974 – Tom and Pat purchase a 52-acre farm in Zebulon, Georgia. They began their dream of raising and showing horses on their farm, Kentwood Morgan Farm. “Tara”
Jul. 29, 1974 – while taking a trip in their car, Walter and his wife, Carolyn, were shot at by someone.
Jul. 3, 1974 – he went to his parents’ home (Walter and his wife Carolyn Allanson) and found nobody at home.
Jul. 3, 1974 –. Tom kills his parents in his parent’s home. He is arrested soon after. Both Pat and Tom give false alibis to the police and Tom is sentenced to life in prison.
1974 – convinces Tom into a suicide pact. Not followed through with.
1974 – Pat befriends Tom’s grandparents and is put in their will instead of their own daughter.
1974 – Pat begins to poison Tom’s grandparents with arsenic. Her house and barns burned down, presumably by her own hand, and forged Tom’s signature for the insurance checks.
Aug. 6 (22?), 1976 – Pat Allanson (39) arrested for the attempted murders of Paw and Nona Allanson (Tom’s grandparents).
May 2, 1977 – Pat’s attempted murder trial begins.
May 6, 1977 – P (39) Jury finds Pat guilty of attempted murder.
May 16, 1977 – Convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison. Patricia (Age 39), convicted, sentenced to two 10-year prison sentences at Hardwick Correctional Institute in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Nov. 1, 1984 – paroled.
Dec. 28, 1988 – Death of James F. Crist Sr. (88); possibly murdered. Atlanta.
1991 – Attempted murder of Elizabeth Crist. Apr. 17, 1991 – Patricia (53) and daughter Deborah Cole Alexander (36) arrested; Indicted by Fulton County Grand Jury; charges: aggravated assault with intent to murder, 2 counts of theft; 2 counts of unlawful acquisition of drugs, practicing nursing without a license.
Jun. 12, 1991 – Patricia pleads guilty to the charges, 8 years in prison.
1999 – Patricia Taylor Allanson released from prison.
Feb. 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 distribution.
Feb. 2, 2002 – Elizabeth Crist (91) dies.

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