Margaret Anne Barnes, author and journalist, was born in Coweta County,
Georgia, and now lives in Atlanta. She attended Georgia College with Flannery O'Connor
and studied journalism at the University of Georgia.
She was awarded the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Special Award by the Mystery
Writers of America for her novel, Murder in Coweta County
. Based on a true story, the novel concerns the 1948 murder of Wilson
Turner, a tenant farmer in rural Georgia. The investigation brought
"lord" John Wallace, a powerful land baron, to justice with a
conviction that set legal precedents. The book was later produced as a CBS
television movie (available on VHS and DVD) that starred Johnny Cash and Andy
Due to its merit as an outstanding fact-crime study, Margaret Anne Barnes'
book has been used in sociology and criminal-law courses at universities
throughout the United States.
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