From the Alabama true crime files: The Black Widow, the Torso Slayer and the Giggling Granny

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Viola Hyatt

Viola Hyatt, the Torso Slayer

During the last 10 years of her life, Viola Hyatt was lovingly called the “Mayor of Tuckaway Village.” She spent most of her evenings sitting on her porch, reading the Bible. She looked after all the people in her tiny Jacksonville mobile home park, where she lived on a fixed income, saving coins in a jelly jar. She’d often call working parents to let them know their sons or daughters had gotten home safe and sound.

Viola Hyatt hearing
Nannie Doss
Marie Hilley
Hilley in 1983