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Forty Years After The Murder Of Stringbean Akeman

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Grand Ole Opry star Stringbean Akeman and his wife were found murdered 40 years ago this week, and now on the anniversary new photos from the crime scene help explain how it happened.

"You know this was a horrible crime," said former NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Larry Brinton, who covered the case while working for the Nashville Banner newspaper.

Akeman and his wife Estelle returned to their Goodlettsville cabin after performing at the Grand Ole Opry. John Brown and his cousin Doug were waiting.

NewsChannel 5 obtained exclusive photographs from the case file showing the cabin was very remote.  The Browns broke a window, disconnected the phone, and ransacked the place.  When they didn't find any money they turned on the radio in the living room and waited for Stringbean to return home.

"They sat back and listened to the Opry and waited, and waited until he came back," said Brinton.

Brinton said the cousins had heard the stories that Akeman distrusted banks and kept a large amount of money at home. They shot Akeman when he tried to defend himself and then murdered his wife.

Police arrested the cousins and Doug Brown actually confessed in an exclusive interview with Brinton. The cousins were sentenced to life in prison. Doug Brown has died. John Brown remains in prison and his parole request has been denied four times.


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