The Homicidal Irony That Shadowed Jesse Hill Ford
The Tragic Shooting of George Doaks
While the reason George's car was on Ford's property may be disputed, it is known that he was unarmed.
In an odd coincidence, Allie was also a cousin of Dorothy Claybrook.
Sally heard the car drive up and peeked out a window. It was neither Charles nor anyone Sally knew. She woke Jesse up. He looked out the window and was alarmed. Jesse later said he thought it was someone who wanted to attack Charles. Sally called the police to report the trespassers.
George started his car.
When Jesse saw the car begin to move, he fired again. He claimed that he only meant to shoot out the back window of the vehicle. Jesse believed that if Charles were to drive up, the car "was in a perfect position for an ambush."
The passenger side of the door opened. Holding the baby in her arms, Allie ran down the side of the road.
According to the Life article, Jesse returned to his house and told his wife, "I think I just shot somebody."
Police and an ambulance soon arrived.
A police officer asked Jesse, "Did you shoot at them?"
"Yes," he replied. "Didn't anybody get hurt down there, did they?"
The officer answered, "Looks like that fellow is in pretty bad shape."
"Oh, my God," Jesse moaned.
"Something" had indeed happened. That something was the death of George Doaks Jr. who was killed instantly by a shot to the head.
Imprisoned in Irony states that Jesse was not tested that night for alcohol or drugs, such as methamphetamines, that might have impaired his judgment.