In July 1988, the disappearance of a young Julie Love caught the attention of the Georgia press at the time. But despite an intensive search that lasted about a year for clues, police were unable to locate the 27-year-old man. The Perfect Murder Found by Investigation: Love and Death chronicles how a sudden hint led to Julie’s murder being finally solved. So let’s take a closer look at the case, shall we?
How did Julie Love die?
Jolie was born in Birmingham, Alabama in April 1961. This feisty woman is a cheerleader and a high school gymnast. Julie has a degree in Physical Education from the University of Texas. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to start her own gym and teach kids cardio. Just a week before the incident, Jolie’s boyfriend Mark Kaplan proposed to her. After the events of July 11, 1988, a life of hope was still just a dream for Julie.
The last time Mark saw Julie was before work on the morning of July 11. That night, she attended a meeting that ended around 9:30 p.m. and never saw Julie again. The next day, when Mark didn’t hear from Julie, he called the police. A search followed, but as time passed it became clear that Julie had been killed. It was more than a year before her body was found at an illegal dump in northwest Atlanta. Julie was shot in the head with a shotgun.
Who killed Julie Love?
Authorities didn’t have much to do after Julie was reported missing. Police pursued several leads, but to no avail. Police have no witnesses, motive or agency to investigate further. Over the next few months, there were reports of Julia appearing in various places, but all ended up being dead ends. But when Janice Weldon, 34, came forward with a tip, police got the break they wanted.
About 13 months after Julie disappeared, Janice told police they knew what happened to her. She was dating Emmanuel Hammond at the time. Janice went to the police station after trying to strangle her. After her arrest, Janice said Emmanuel killed Julie and that his cousin Morris Potter, 20, was also involved in the kidnapping. Police then cabled them, and during the conversation with Morris, he made a number of incriminating statements that eventually led to his arrest. They both later told police what happened that night.
On July 11, 1988, Julie was on her way to Mark’s house when her car ran out of gas, so she started walking. Emmanuel, Maurice and Janice spotted her on the street and asked if she needed a ride. Julie told them she lived nearby and showed them a house. She walked into the driveway and led them away. But Emanuel saw them going back and told Morris to go back. This time they stopped in front of her and Emmanuel grabbed her. He took a sawed-off shotgun and threw it into the back of the car. They took her to a local school.
They looted her wallet and forced her to give her the PIN of her bank card. When Maurice and Janice tried to withdraw the money, they realized it was the wrong code. Furious Emanuel shot Jolie before Morris raped her. At this point, Janice wanted to go home. They put her down and Emanuel tied the victim up and tried to strangle her, but Julie got rid of herself.
Emanuel then took her into the forest and shot her in the face. Morris later said he saw Emanuel returning with blood and heard gunfire before that. Janice later took police to where the body was, having previously told her about it from Emanuel. Investigators also found that Emanuel had a history of robbing and stabbing women. In prison, he even used one of the prisoners’ money in exchange for him killing Janice because “she knew too much”. In the end, Morris pleaded guilty to rape, murder and armed robbery. He was sentenced to life imprisonment twice in a row. Janice was granted immunity for testifying against Emanuel.
Is Emmanuel Hammond dead or alive?
After about eight hours of deliberation, the jury found Emanuel guilty of felony and malicious murder, kidnapping and armed robbery, according to Morris and Janice. In March 1990, Emanuel was sentenced to death. Emanuel was executed by lethal injection on January 25, 2011, more than two decades after Jolie’s murder. Emanuel had previously appealed to have the conviction overturned because the lawyer representing him at the trial erred.
His lawyers also want more time to investigate the supply of deadly injecting drugs in Georgia. But the Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal at the last minute, and execution went as planned. The execution took place at the Georgia Diagnostic and Triage State Penitentiary in Jackson, Butts County. Emanuel is 45 years old.