Carlton Gary: The Columbus, Georgia Stocking Strangler
Terror in Columbus
On the night of September 25, 1977, someone took the hinge pins off of Dimenstien's front door and entered her home. He punched the woman in the face, raped her, and then strangled her to death with a nylon stocking.
With the report of Dimenstien's murder, the elderly women of Columbus plunged into panic. Many put extra locks and deadbolts on their doors. Women who had not previously owned firearms bought guns.
The police department of Columbus was working hard to catch this predator and protect the city's older women. "Stakeouts were arranged throughout the Wynnton area," Jordan wrote. "Marked and unmarked patrol cars combed the neighborhood. Undercover police officers were hidden inside the homes of elderly residents who were thought to be the most likely targets."
Meanwhile, the woman who had been assaulted five days before Ferne Jackson had recovered enough to talk to police. Her attacker had been a stranger, she said, and was a black male.