June 14, 2014

How a Private Investigator's Evidence
Can Affect Justice

Our guest speaker on Saturday, 14 June 2014, will be Eric Echols, author of The Echols Files: Catoosa County Justice. Echols will discuss how his work as a PI during an infamous Atlanta child molestation case that nearly cost him his career.

In his book, Echols brings to light his factual account of the investigation in the case of Mrs. Craft, who was charged with 22 counts of child molestation. One of the accusers was her daughter. This book will take you through the investigation, the evidence Eric found, and why he was falsely arrested and charged with three felony counts of witness influencing by the district attorney in Catoosa County. Echols faced three to 21 years in prison, although the charges against him were subsequently dropped. Mrs. Craft was acquitted of all charges.

Monthly meetings are held the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Smyrna library and are usually followed by a Dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant. Visitors are welcome to attend. For maps of the location, click here. (Maps provided by Google Maps.)

2014 Upcoming Meetings

  • 14 June 2014: Eric Echols, "How a PI's Evidence Can Affect Justice"

  • July 2014: Summer Break, No Meeting

  • 9 August 2014: Mike Edwards, "Murder and the Media"

  • 13 September 2014: Member Critiques

Past Meetings

  • 10 May 2014: Kelsey Browning, "Romance Your Creativity (Before it Walks Out on You)"

  • 12 April 2014:Fran Stewart, "Verbs: Make Your Writing Powerful, Crisp, Evocative"

  • 8 March 2014: Larissa Reinhart, "Humor in Mysteries"

  • 8 February 2014: Lane Stone, Roundtable Discussion: Writers' Conferences

  • 11 January 2014: Dr. Melissa Pasquale, "Death Investigation and the Medical Examiner: Real Life is Better Than TV"

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June 2014

Eric Echols

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