Richard L. Douglass’ New Book “The Three-Minute Man: The Story of a Small-Town Sociopath” is a Riveting Exploration of a Brutal Murder that Rocked a Small Southern Town

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Recent release “The Three-Minute Man: The Story of a Small-Town Sociopath” from Page Publishing author Richard L. Douglass is a gripping and potent account of the investigation and prosecution of a respected, churchgoing member of a small Mississippi community for the vicious murder of his wife on the floor of their isolated car dealership.

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Richard L. Douglass, a retired prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and District Attorney for the State of Mississippi now living in western North Carolina with his wife, Dell, has completed his book “The Three-Minute Man: The Story of a Small-Town Sociopath”: an engrossing and dramatic murder mystery that stunned the town of Columbia, Mississippi in 1985.

Richard shares, “March 12, 1985, Columbia, Mississippi, Police Station Dispatch Office, 8:58 pm ‘This is James Jackson at Red Carpet Motors. We’ve been robbed. My wife is hurt bad. I need an ambulance.’

Thus, began a year long investigation and prosecution into Mary Nell Jackson’s killer, beginning with a crime scene containing no eyewitness, no murder weapon, very little physical evidence, and no motive. When the investigation began to focus on the husband, town and church, loyalties split . . . And when fate provided a clue, the question was whether this would be enough to prove murder against a man who represented the “model” church and community leader. The investigators and the prosecution had little choice but to use this clue, along with some unconventional investigation and trial tactics, to prove the truth to a jury and a small community torn by grief.”

This story is taken from the original files of law enforcement, the prosecution, the trial courts, and media coverage surrounding the death of Mary Nell Jackson. It is the inside story as told by the district attorney, Richard Douglass, who prosecuted a great deceiver, a man with a hidden second life . . . “The Three-Minute Man”.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Richard L. Douglass’s book is absorbing account of a true-crime murder case that rocked a tiny Southern town three decades ago.

Readers who wish to experience this compelling work can purchase “The Three-Minute Man: The Story of a Small-Town Sociopath” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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