The Betty Wilson case was very high profile meaning it attracted the news media nation wide. The only thing she did wrong was to have some "old dirty laundry" in her closet. She was tried by the "Kings of Crap", the ambitious news media and a corrupt political/judicial system.
Dr. Jack Wilson was a 55 year old eye doctor, very successful, well-known and well loved in the community. The only person who had a motive to kill the doctor was a son from a former marriage who had been disinherited. This son was very violent and a known user of drugs.
In May of 1992, Betty Wilson and Peggy Lowe, twin sisters, were arrested and tried for supposedly hiring James White to kill Betty Wilson’s wealthy, well-known and well-liked husband,
Dr. Jack Wilson who was brutally murdered in Huntsville, Alabama. There was no physical evidence connecting
either sister to the murder. The only thing the State of Alabama had to convict either of them was the testimony of James White, a known alcoholic, drug addict and a diagnosed delusional schizophrenic who spent time in and out of jail and mental institutions. He was dishonorably discharged from the U. S. Army for stabbing an officer and shooting at his own men. He has never stated under oath or otherwise that he killed Dr. Wilson.
Two sisters tried for the same crime.
No physical evidence connecting either of them to the murder. Forensic evidence presented at Peggy Lowe’s trial proved that Dr. Wilson could have been killed elsewhere and White had an accomplice.
The only witness, who was not fit to testify against anyone, made a deal with the prosecution rather than face the electric chair.
One sister was acquitted.
One sister sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Betty Wilson’s case was very high profile attracting a multitude of media attention. It was an election year. The prosecuting district attorney needed a conviction of this magnitude to further his political career.
Dr. Wilson was killed on a Friday. On Sunday Betty was asked to meet with a detective. He questioned her about her whereabouts on the day of the murder. He asked for a list of people who had access to their home or might have worked there. He asked her if she had any affairs and wanted their names. She gave them to him except one.
On Tuesday Betty’s husband was buried. Around 8:00 p.m. she was picked up and taken in for more questions. During this session the name of the omitted lover was divulged, a married black man who worked for the city. The detectives’ questioning was harsh and accusatory. (Just doing their job.) They accused her and her sister, Peggy, of hiring James White to kill Betty’s wealthy husband. They said White was in the next room and had given a complete confession implicating her and her sister. They said they also had Peggy and she had confessed which Betty knew was not true because there was nothing to confess! Betty asked one of the detectives if she needed a lawyer. He said, "NO! NOT YET!" He left the room for awhile and returned with a telephone book which he tossed into her lap and said, "If you think you need a lawyer, call one." Around midnight she and Peggy were returned to the home of another sister where Betty had been staying. It is not clear when Betty received her MIRANDA rights.
The next day James White, Betty Wilson and Peggy Lowe were arrested.
Peggy was released on bail. Betty was denied bail for fear that because of her wealth she would leave the country even though all of her assets had been frozen. For nine and one half months prior to her hearing she was confined to a cell used for solitary confinement. The bed took up most of the cell. She had no privacy whether she was eating, sleeping or using the toilet. Her lawyers had to meet with her in this cell. When her family visited with her, they had to look and attempt to talk to her through the small glass window in this cell. One day a male, as on other occasions, peered through the small window in her cell and told her he just wanted to see what a rich bitch who had slept with a nigger looked like. She was treated like a hardcore criminal who was a threat to society. James White, the State’s star witness and only witness, became the jailhouse mascot.
White testified Betty had picked him up at a mall parking lot to drive him to her home to kill her husband and returned later to pick him up to take him back to the mall parking lot. There was not one shred of forensic evidence to prove White had ever been in her car. This in itself should have been proof enough that White was lying under oath. White lied 58 times in his testimony against Betty Wilson. So why was she convicted and her sister acquitted?
Betty was tried in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a city still having a difficult time adjusting to desegregation. The prosecuting DA subpoenaed her former black lover, who had moved to California, to testify at her trial. This man had no knowledge whatsoever about this case. His testimony basically consisted of stating his name and answering "yes" to the question, "Did you have an affair with Mrs. Wilson?" This was nothing more than a racist tactic!
After eleven hours of deliberation, the jury delivered its guilty verdict and a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for Betty Wilson, the rich bitch who had affairs.
Peggy Lowe, a first grade school teacher active in her church, was tried a few months later. After one hour of deliberation, the jury acquitted her.
Again, how could two sisters be tried for the same crime, with the same evidence and the same testimony of the likes of James White and one was acquitted and the other sent to prison? Simple. The racist card was tossed into the hat.
A retired detective and forensic expert from Scotland Yard states, "We in the UK have had our share of injustices, but I have to say that none of them were anything like the Wilson case. The Wilson case would never have reached a British or European court of justice because there was not even circumstantial evidence that could have been presented to any court, except in a "Banana Republic"."
Forensic student states, "I'm studying forensic science, and I find the case of Betty Wilson to be utterly chilling. Having seen it on "Forensic Files" (Court TV) today, I could hardly believe I was witnessing such a thing in this day and age. To hear the prosecuting attorney [Donald Valeska] outright state that it did not matter how the man was killed-- when their entire case rests on the idea that they have the killer's confession-- flies in the face of reason. Even a layman could see that the injuries were not
consistent with the use of a bat, and even a child could tell you that the scene was too clean for having beaten someone to that extent. There were obvious signs that the body had been moved, and the entire scene looked staged.
Retired Criminal Judge states, "...In addition to the conclusion that no one should be convicted solely on the testimony of James White, the most profligate liar I have come across in my 36 years of experience, there are many aspects of the evidence that suggest Betty's innocence. I have never seen a case in which the State proved the defendant's alibi. White testified that the day of the murder, Betty dropped him off at the house of Dr. Wilson at about 3:00 P.M. where he supposedly was to wait upon the doctor's arrival and kill him. After the doctor was murdered, Betty supposedly picked White back up at 5:30 P.M. to take him to his truck. In its exuberance to prove that Betty was at the shopping center where White said he was picked up, the State proved by purchase tickets where she was that afternoon. They proved that Betty could not have dropped him off at that time and be at the stores where she made her purchases at the same time. The time line and its significance are evident from the trial and the closing argument.
In December of 2007 a new book regarding this case was published. For more information click this link Killer for Hire - The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case
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