When I accuse someone of being evil and stupid, though relative words, are still libelous to the extent a judge could allow a trial to proceed to see if I should be held financially responsible.
I think after you read this story, you will agree that at least this one person was evil and stupid. That would be Jessica McCord. Jeff McCord, her husband, seemed more like the dangling fool on the end of her puppet string, although he did pull the trigger for the murders.
In 2002 Jessica McCord, the ex-wife of Alan Bates, and Alan himself were in a bitter custody battle with one another over their two daughters. Jessica had five children, three from somewhere other unfortunate soul or souls.
Alan and his wife Terra flew into Birmingham from up north for him to sign what he thought was a final custody agreement at an attorney’s office in Atlanta.
Alan was a production manager for a theater production company, which sounded like a live stage production company.
Jessica and Jeff lured Alan and Terra into their home in Hoover, Alabama on the pretense that the two girls were there. They weren’t
What awaited Alan and Terra were to be shot to death in 2002. The McCord’s put their bodies in the trunk of Alan’s rental car and drove toward Atlanta, maybe even along the same route that Alan would have taken going to the custody attorney, if he ever existed.
The McCords exited the highway when they got into Georgia, and seemingly at random pulled Alan’s rental car into a secluded spot and set it on fire, with the bodies in the trunk, I suppose thinking the police would think this was some kind of carjacking gone wrong or whatever. That‘s the evil portion of this.
The stupid portion occurred when the sheriff’s deputies found the car and the bodies, and the bodies were autopsied, and at least one or more of the bullets that killed them were found. Jessica at one time worked as a secretary for the Birmingham Police Department, and it does look like she would have learned how to commit a murder, and get away with it.
Jeff was a police officer with a municipality close to Birmingham, and you would think he might consider that shot he missed Alan and Terra with, and lodged somewhere in the wall, might be telltale evidence. Maybe he thought the fire he and Jessica had set to burn the bodies would also melt the bullets. No.
The police put together the whole scenario in rather rapid order, and were over with a search warrant at the McCord home, where a feeble attempt to hide the hole in the wall failed, and the trajectory of the bullet in the hole in the wall soon revealed the bullet, which matched the bullet or bullets in Alan and Terra’s bodies.
I suppose Jeff could have ripped out the wall and found the bullet, but then when the police conducted their search, they would have looked at the mess and said, “I guess you found the bullet”.
The murder weapon was never specified to my knowledge, but I’m taking bets that it was Jeff’s service gun as a policeman.
When the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham had undergone extensive renovations, Alan and his wife Terra were there day in and day out, and were good friends with Cecil Whitmire, who, in my opinion saved the Alabama Theatre from becoming just another parking lot. Cecil argued with me on that point, saying it was the members of the Alabama Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society who were responsible. I told him he was at least the point man for all of this. He didn’t say anything, so I guess he let me win that argument.
Numerous news sources covered this story, and many of their facts were repetitious. So many news sources in fact, it’s difficult to say which one had the best coverage.
Jeff and Jessica are now situated in the penitentiary, separate ones, for life. What happened to Jessica’s five kids, either now adults or tending in that direction, I don’t know, but hopefully there were some good family members around to take care of them.
Could Alan and Terra have had any idea where this was headed? I doubt it. Perhaps as an experienced writer, and as any experienced writer, we writers could have sensed the deepening, desperateness of the situation, because Jessica had not stopped at anything up to that point. I‘m not sure whether even I could have told. I would have had reason to be looking at the outcome that most people would not even consider possible. Murder?
Surely the evil that Jessica was, had to be out there plainly visible. Had she threatened Alan even flippantly saying I’ll kill you? I’ll kill you, three words or four if you want to count the contraction as two words. I don’t know whether the average person would have been listening closely to the inflection because that is where the truth lay. Even not said in total sincerity, it was still there.
In what people write me, there is so much of what I know about them they don’t even realize I know, because I have been at this business so long. Even a threat to me I can evaluate in about two minutes. I’m not about to tell you how I do that, but I will say it is more than just one level, but that is just the beginning.
But one should not have to go to that extent to make sure they will not be murdered. Rational people should be able to work things out in a semi-sensitive situation.
I never looked at Jessica’s trial. Insanity couldn’t have worked, because there was too much thinking that she and Jeff had to do, or premeditation if you prefer to use the court terminology.
So many lives have been ruined here, primarily the offspring of Jessica. I doubt Jessica even thinks about that, or Jeff, although they do have plenty of time to think.
If I had to imagine what Jeff and Jessica do think of, it would be this. Jeff about how he got sucked into this vortex, and why he didn’t realize before it was too late. Jessica, I don’t find an enigma at all. She’s probably still thinking about what they could have done better to not be caught. No remorse, no nothing. How she would have done it differently.
But when you are evil, sometimes the evilness does not allow you to think straight, and if there is anything a criminal needs, it is to think straight.
I hope when she dies, it will be in the penitentiary, and that her burial will be in the penitentiary graveyard, because nobody claimed her body, with only a number on her wooden cross grave marker that can be related back to a book in the warden’s office that matches a name to the number.
Jessica McCord needs to be unknown in death, to have no mourners at her grave, to have no obituary, to be as though she never existed, and to be given an express ticket to Hell. That’s really not enough punishment for an evil person like Jessica McCord.