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Author Amy Petulla uncovers the curious case that left two men dead and the incredible story still surrounded by controversy, speculation and myth. In 1982, Tony West and Avery Brock made a visit to notorious Corpsewood Manor under the pretense of a celebration. They brutally murdered their hosts. Dr. Charles Scudder and companion Joey Odom built the "castle in the woods" i Author Amy Petulla uncovers the curious case that left two men dead and the incredible story still surrounded by controversy, speculation and myth. In 1982, Tony West and Avery Brock made a visit to notorious Corpsewood Manor under the pretense of a celebration. They brutally murdered their hosts. Dr. Charles Scudder and companion Joey Odom built the "castle in the woods" in the Trion forest after Scudder left his position as professor at Loyola. He brought with him twelve thousand doses of LSD. Rumors of drug use and Satanism swirled around the two men. Scudder even claimed to have summoned a demon to protect the estate. The murders set the stage for a trial vibrant with local lore.


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Author Amy Petulla uncovers the curious case that left two men dead and the incredible story still surrounded by controversy, speculation and myth. In 1982, Tony West and Avery Brock made a visit to notorious Corpsewood Manor under the pretense of a celebration. They brutally murdered their hosts. Dr. Charles Scudder and companion Joey Odom built the "castle in the woods" i Author Amy Petulla uncovers the curious case that left two men dead and the incredible story still surrounded by controversy, speculation and myth. In 1982, Tony West and Avery Brock made a visit to notorious Corpsewood Manor under the pretense of a celebration. They brutally murdered their hosts. Dr. Charles Scudder and companion Joey Odom built the "castle in the woods" in the Trion forest after Scudder left his position as professor at Loyola. He brought with him twelve thousand doses of LSD. Rumors of drug use and Satanism swirled around the two men. Scudder even claimed to have summoned a demon to protect the estate. The murders set the stage for a trial vibrant with local lore.

30 review for The Corpsewood Manor Murders in North Georgia

  1. 5 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    True Crime Commemoration # 35

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne McLeod

    True crime isn't my usual genre, but this one is set in Trion, GA, my hometown, and my former husband was the assistant DA who prosecuted the case against Tony West. I spent a couple of afternoons at the trial, while my grandparents looked after our baby Nicholas for an hour or two. I know the author, Amy Petulla, who worked in the district attorney's office. It's a wonder it took this long for someone to write the book about these cold-blooded crimes. Everyone knew from the beginning that this True crime isn't my usual genre, but this one is set in Trion, GA, my hometown, and my former husband was the assistant DA who prosecuted the case against Tony West. I spent a couple of afternoons at the trial, while my grandparents looked after our baby Nicholas for an hour or two. I know the author, Amy Petulla, who worked in the district attorney's office. It's a wonder it took this long for someone to write the book about these cold-blooded crimes. Everyone knew from the beginning that this was one for the books - the brick castle in the National Forest, devil worshipers, dead dogs, reluctant teenage witnesses, an eerie self-portrait of a victim that seemed to predict his awful fate. If anyone involved with this case claims they didn't have bad dreams about it, they're lying. Everyone did. This was a trip down memory lane for me. Amy Petulla captures the bizarre nature of the case. Corpsewood Manor, the victims' home, featured Satanic memorabilia. Scudder and his companion Joey Odom, kept a guest book rumored to contain names of half the county, including a few Sunday school teachers unable to contain their curiosity about the two men living out in the woods, welcoming their guests with homemade wine. That guest book seems to have disappeared. Corpsewood haunts people to this day, as witnessed by those who visit the grounds and post videos to YouTube. I've never been there and never will go. Amy Petulla describes some of other weird cases that occurred in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, some of which are almost as bizarre as what would become known as "the devil worshipers murder." Is there an extranormal connection among them, a curse upon the land? Probably not. But haunting is haunting. This much I know.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Harding

    At times self incriminating - helpful for this book. Smoothly arranged with few distractions. Far fetched in connections at times.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay ⭐ [TrulyBooked]

    I first heard of the Corpsewood Manor Murders through this book and I won't deny that I was drawn in by the macabre nature of it all. Two men who were lovers in a time when it wasn't considered "right" for same sex couples to be together, practicing Satanists in a heavily religious South, were murdered in their own home. The culprits blamed the men, they blamed drugs, they blamed everything but themselves for the murders. Amy Petulla lays out a very factual recollection of the crime. If you're a I first heard of the Corpsewood Manor Murders through this book and I won't deny that I was drawn in by the macabre nature of it all. Two men who were lovers in a time when it wasn't considered "right" for same sex couples to be together, practicing Satanists in a heavily religious South, were murdered in their own home. The culprits blamed the men, they blamed drugs, they blamed everything but themselves for the murders. Amy Petulla lays out a very factual recollection of the crime. If you're a true crime buff who likes having a straightforward view of what happened, then this is the book for you. As for me? I like it more when my non-fiction reads like fiction, so the book got bogged down in a couple chapters for me, but I liked it. If you've never heard of Corpsewood Manor or the murders that happened there, it's definitely worth a look.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    So 2 guys move to a small town in GA's wood, set up there to live and basically have sex party's (never really explained why) and were satan lovers (never explained why) or something like that. They are murdered by 2 guys. This is their story. The book should have been better and more researched than what is was. She made too many speculations about things and really went off on tangents that weren't necessary and did not make sense. The writing at time was poor. Luckily it was only 125 pages, wi So 2 guys move to a small town in GA's wood, set up there to live and basically have sex party's (never really explained why) and were satan lovers (never explained why) or something like that. They are murdered by 2 guys. This is their story. The book should have been better and more researched than what is was. She made too many speculations about things and really went off on tangents that weren't necessary and did not make sense. The writing at time was poor. Luckily it was only 125 pages, with photo's...although it was single spaced which made it harder to read. Maybe they did that so they wouldn't waste paper and help the environment. SKIP!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This story was quite fascinating because it is such a bizarre story and because of the local flavor. The murder took place in neighboring Chattooga County (I live in Dade), Georgia, and the many of the places and names are very familiar. The district attorney, for instance, was also the DA for our county and many of the attorneys were familiar, too. I did think the author was stretching things a bit by connecting these murders to the infamous Marsh Crematory incident which happened in a neighbor This story was quite fascinating because it is such a bizarre story and because of the local flavor. The murder took place in neighboring Chattooga County (I live in Dade), Georgia, and the many of the places and names are very familiar. The district attorney, for instance, was also the DA for our county and many of the attorneys were familiar, too. I did think the author was stretching things a bit by connecting these murders to the infamous Marsh Crematory incident which happened in a neighboring county many years later.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Well written and informative I only heard about this recently. It was interesting that most people didn’t mind these two dudes but some misinformed idiots decided to take their lives. The book was well written and took the reader through every facet of them building the house to the trial and afterwards. I wish there was more Information and details on the lives of the two men, but it is what it is.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Was Chattooga County some sort of Hellmouth back in the 1970's and '80's? Attorney author does a good job of relaying the story of Corpsewood Manor and the deaths of the two supposed Satanists who reigned there until their deaths. Was Chattooga County some sort of Hellmouth back in the 1970's and '80's? Attorney author does a good job of relaying the story of Corpsewood Manor and the deaths of the two supposed Satanists who reigned there until their deaths.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kizer

    The first part of the book was interesting. But once the author got to the trial and afterwards she became almost too technical to understand. She finishes with a little bit of ghost stories concerning the murdered couple, Scuddle and Odom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jewell Holden

    Living in GA and having friends that live in Rome, near where this all took place, made it an interesting read. It definitely wasn't a book to read for pleasure and I got an eerie feeling after I finished it. If you're into the morbid and true facts you'd like it. Living in GA and having friends that live in Rome, near where this all took place, made it an interesting read. It definitely wasn't a book to read for pleasure and I got an eerie feeling after I finished it. If you're into the morbid and true facts you'd like it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Unexpectedly excellent I admit I wouldn’t have read this book unless recommended for book club, but it was quite an interesting story about local lurid and criminal events a while back. It’s a quick, easy, newsworthy read that was well done. I recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charles Reimler

    Well Written Non Fiction True Crime Account Of Eccentric Gay Couple Living Extreme Rural Area, And Teenagers Murder Of Two Adult Males For Pocket Change! Unique Story Factual Research By Quality Author!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tina Cook

    She does do a great job at telling the story. I've seen the crime scene tape and have read other stories about the murders. She does do a great job at telling the story. I've seen the crime scene tape and have read other stories about the murders.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    So all this murder and mayhem was happening in my state while I was living the life as an oblivious college student … is that redundant? Anyhoo, an interesting, brutal, sad read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Interesting case in Trion, Ga, just very poorly written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    There are a number of books about this case; surely there's a better one available. There are a number of books about this case; surely there's a better one available.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Wanted to read because it happened near where I grew up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy David

    Good read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Hutchinson

    Fascinating and so, so creepy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    K Pillatzki

    In more capable hands, this story could have rivaled Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Unfortunately, the writing throughout is as clunky as the title, and some of the connections are far-fetched.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Earl Faulk

    Excellently written account by a professional storyteller. I like a story, whether true or false, be told in chronological order, when the story is true, I like the facts. Usually, I purchase only non fiction, that leaves out the blood and gore details. I wasn't sure when I made the purchase if I would complete the reading. Amy Petulla's gore, was of wasted humanity, the government's loss of thousands of doses of clinical LSD, and of course not realizing it. And, of children being raised without Excellently written account by a professional storyteller. I like a story, whether true or false, be told in chronological order, when the story is true, I like the facts. Usually, I purchase only non fiction, that leaves out the blood and gore details. I wasn't sure when I made the purchase if I would complete the reading. Amy Petulla's gore, was of wasted humanity, the government's loss of thousands of doses of clinical LSD, and of course not realizing it. And, of children being raised without conscience committing murder. The gore is in facing the realization of the unshared value of life. Very well written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Crocker

    What an awsome book! This is a must read for anyone interested in the Corpsewood Manor murders. Thank you Amy Petulla for your efforts in putting together a well documented resource for those of us who remember this tragic crime and the rumors that still perpetuate this area of North Georgia today. Great Job!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tamatha Hargett

    Great book about a true crime story in Northwest Georgia! This book was short but well-written. Ms. Petulla did an amazing job of researching the history behind this horrific incident.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Whaley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Stansky

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debra Sanderson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth White

  28. 5 out of 5

    George Coker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marty Elrod

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