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March 13, 2023 35 min

In 1928, a young woman from North Carolina named Alma Petty Gatlin went on trial for the murder of her father. A preacher Alma had confessed to informed authorities, setting off a sensational case that examined confessional privilege.


  • “Girl Sobs as Jury Grants Her Liberty.” The Charlotte Observer. Feb. 23, 1928.
  • “Woman on Trial for Patricide.” Gettysburg Times. Feb. 14, 1928.,5137180
  • “Little Progress Made in Petty Probe.” The Charlotte Observer. Sept. 6, 1927.
  • “Reidsville Girl Arrested for Murder of Father!” The Bee. Sept. 3, 1927.
  • “Bride Accused of Slaying Father.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Oct. 2, 1927.
  • “Confident Whole Truth Not told.” Statesville Record and Landmark. Sept. 12, 1927.
  • Price, Enoch. “Defense Will Wage Its Fight on Evangelist-confessor Principal State’s Witness.” The News and Observer. Jan. 22, 1928.
  • Link, Phil. “Murder for Breakfast.” Down Hom Press. North Carolina. 2002.
  • “What Was Justice.” Daily News. March 25, 1928.
  • “Considering Ethics.” The Tampa Times. Feb. 15, 1938.
  • “Mrs. Gatlin Now Mourning Death o Pet ‘Lovebird.’” The Bee. Sept. 15, 1927.
  • “Mrs. Gatlin Faces New Trial Ordeal.” The Atlanta Constitution. Feb, 20, 1928.

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