Alday massacre in Donalsonville, Ga., to be revisited on TV program

By Deborah Buckhaulter
Jackson County Floridian

The Alday murders. Say the phrase in a roomful of people who were of age and living in this region when the family was wiped out at their home not far across the Chattahoochee River from Houston County. Ask them to raise their hands if they remember. The question is likely to yield a 100 percent recall rate.

The searing 1973 massacre in the South Georgia town of Donalsonville that branded itself into the region’s collective memory is being revisited by Investigation Discovery (ID) in an upcoming episode of its “Evil Kin” series.

Investigation Discovery is Channel 222 on Mediacom, Channel 285 on DirecTV and Channel 192 on DISH.

The show will air on Tuesday, July 14, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. That’s exactly 41 years and two months after the six Alday family members died.

Jerry Alday, his father Ned, his brothers, Chester and Jimmy, Jerry’s wife Mary, and Jerry’s uncle Aubrey Alday were killed on May 14, 1973. Their lives as a family unit before the tragedy and the individual circumstances of their slayings will be presented.

The Brothers in Blood episode also explores the forces that shaped the lives of the four men held responsible for some role in the deaths. Brothers Carl and Billy Isaacs, their half-brother Wayne Coleman, and friend George Dungee were ultimately held responsible in the case.

The show will also bring viewers up to date on those men’s fates.

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