Grandpa Jones discovered the murdered body of his best friend David ‘Stringbean’ Akeman in 1973. In addition to that wrenching sight was the body of the Grand Ole Opry stars wife, Estelle. Both had been shot by John Brown, along with his cousin Marvin Brown. The two had waited in Stringbean’s home while listening to the Opry on WSM radio, awaiting the return of the legend after his final bow at the Ryman Auditorium. They were aiming to steal his money.
Marvin Brown had died in prison, but John Brown was seeking a way to get free, and thought modeling himself as an upright citizen would garner support. Some fell for the schtick, but not those that make the decisions.
Good call from those in power in Tennessee.
Today, the state parole board rejected convicted killer John A. Brown’s parole request for the 1973 slayings of Dave “Stringbean’’ Akeman and his wife, Estelle.
Chairman Charles Traughber and board member Chuck Taylor denied the parole. The request will be forwarded to the other five board members for review. Brown needs four affirmative votes to get released.