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Haunted crime scenes: Mercer house

The eerie story of Savannah’s Mercer House where Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford, and died himself, not far from the spot where he shot Hansford, after finally being acquitted nine years later. Some say Williams died of a heart attack, other say from AIDS-related pneumonia, and still others whisper that it was Danny’s ghost extracting his revenge.

Today in Crime History: The Shooting of Danny Hansford at the Mercer House

On May 2, 1981, Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford inside Savannah’s famously haunted Mercer House. Williams died himself not far from the spot where he shot Hansford after finally being acquitted nine years later.

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