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Clinton BANKSTON Jr.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (16) - Robberies - Mutilation
Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: April/August 1987
Date of arrest: August 16, 1987
Date of birth: May 12, 1971
Victims profile: Glenn and Rachel Sutton / Ann Morris, 63, her sister, Sally Nicholson, 59, and Sally's daughter, Helen, 22
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife - Beating with a hatchet
Location: Athens, Georgia, USA
Status: Pleads guilty but mentally ill. Sentenced to five consecutive life terms in prison in May 1988
 
 

 
 

On August 15th, 1987, three women -- 63-year-old Ann Morris, her 59-year-old sister, Sally Nicholson and Sally's daughter, Helen, 22 -- were savagely hacked to pieces from the blows of a madman with a hatchet. The sheer mutilation of the corpses was so severe that they were completely beyond recognition, and had to be positively ID'ed through post-mordem testing.

On August 16th, cops spotted one of the victims' car outside a home where one 16-year-old Clinton Bankston, Jr. resided. Immediately arrested on three counts of murder, Bankston watched the charges multiply the next day, when he was also charged with the merciless and grisly stabbings of Glenn and Rachel Sutton.

Our hero's relatives professed no knowledge of his violent tendencies, but Bankston readily confessed to participation in the slaughters, blaming the real evil on an elusive accomplice named "Chris". After months of investigation, cops concluded that he most likely imagined or concocted "Chris" to shift the blame away from himself.

May 12, 1988 (his seventeenth birthday) -- the young hero pleads guilty but mentally ill on five counts of murder. Rescued from Death Row by a state law forbidding execution of killers 16 or younger at the time of their crimes, he is now serving five consecutive life terms.

Source: Hunting Humans by Michael Newton, Loompanics


Bankston, Clinton, Jr.

In sheer ferocity, the crimes were something new to residents of Athens, Georgia. On the night of August 15, 1987, three women -- 63-year-old Ann Morris, her 59-year-old sister, Sally Nicholson, and Sally's daughter Helen, 22 -- were hacked to death in a home in suburban Carr's Hill.

The murder weapon was believed to be a hatchet, recovered at the scene, but mutilations were so extensive that verification and identification of the victims came only through post mortem testing.

On August 16, patrolmen spotted a stolen car, owned by one of the victims, outside the home where Clinton Bankston lived with his half-brother, Curtis Johnson. Arrested on three counts of murder, Bankston watched the charges multiply the next day, when he was charged with the April 1987 stabbing deaths of Glenn and Rachel Sutton.

The product of a broken home, Bankston was living with his mother when his father died in a fire, during May 1982. Associates and relatives professed no knowledge of his violent tendencies, but Clinton readily confessed participation in the murders, blaming most of the violence on an elusive accomplice named "Chris." As months slipped past, authorities could find no trace of Chris, and they believe that Bankston made him up in an attempt to shift the blame for his atrocious crimes. 

On May 12, 1988 -- his seventeenth birthday -- Bankston pled guilty, but mentally ill on five counts of first-degree murder. Rescued from death row by a state law forbidding execution of killers 16 or younger at the time of their offense, he was sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans


SEX: M RACE: B TYPE: T MOTIVE: Sex.

MO: Killed/mutilated five victims in two home invasions

DISPOSITION: Five life terms, May 1988



Clinton Bankston Jr.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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