Jurors in the Bramblett murder case may have heard a lot of evidence, but
they didn't hear this.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
We'll take you inside the Hodges house- -a crime scene carefully staged to
mimic the stories in some cheap detective magazine.
And the state's second largest tire dump. It's right in Roanoke County.
We'll take you there, too.
Tonight in sports, another edition of Roundhouse wrapup from the Express is
in store for us plus, we'll see what MIami thinks about playing the Hokies.
And check in with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets who must find a way to stop
Aaron Brooks this Saturday in Charlottesville.
Scattered showers will highlight the forecast into Saturday afternoon.
Details just ahead.
Did Earl Bramblett really kill those people?
A Roanoke County jury convicted him of killing an entire family.
Though jurors sat through three weeks of evidence, they never saw what
we're about to show you.
Police will tell you Bramblett did it "by the book."
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SUPER=01-Helen Akers/Missing Girl's Mother; 1:42
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THIS book- -a pulp periodical called "Front Page Detective."
It was seized from Bramblett's motel room. The magazine came out ten days
before the Hodges family was murdered.
Police believe Bramblett selected bits and pieces from various articles in
the magazine to set the stage at the Hodges house. The family allowed us
inside for the first time this week.
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((IT'S REWARDING TO SEE THE HODGES AND THE FULCHER FAMILY FINALLY UNDERSTAND
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVED ONES.))
The magazine was introduced as evidence... it's significance never
explained... until now.
One article profiles a murder on August 29th- -the day the Hodges were found
dead in their home.
Another refers to a note about a "family emergency." Authorities believe
Bramblett forced Teresa Hodges to post notes on the door about a family
emergency to warn off visitors.
There's an article about setting fire to destroy the evidence.
The same one refers to kerosene splashed all over a woman's body- -just what
Bramblett did to Teresa Hodges.
Her charred body was found face down on the living room couch- -her feet
sticking up in the air, just like a woman in the magazine.
The master bedroom was made to look like it had been ransacked, "searched
thoroughly and left a mess," just as it was in the Hodges house.
Blaine Hodges body was covered with a curtain- -again mimicking the
Bramblett may even have gotten the idea of ditching evidence in the dumpster
behind the sign company where he worked from one of the stories.
Many people believe this was not the first time Bramblett committed a crime
involving young girls.
Helen Akers' daughter Tammy disappeared in 1976. She's afraid she'll never
know what happened.
((BUT I BELIEVE THAT EARL WAS CLOSE ENOUGH TO TAMMY TO WHERE HE PROBABLY KNOWS
WHAT DID HAPPEN OR PERHAPS WHERE HER BODY IS.))
Tammy Lynn Akers was one of several teenaged girls who worked for Bramblett
at the sign shop on Fifth Street.
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((I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT I HAVE MY BABY'S REMAINS BACK IN A PLACE WHERE I
KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.:09AND THAT IS MY PLEA TO HIM, AND IF HE SEES THIS I HOPE
About ten days after police had locked up the Hodges house... they found
this on the doorstep. Earl Bramblett often refered to 11-year old Winter
Hodges as his "Angel Doll." ))
The Pittsylvania County firefighter who died yesterday had a five year old
son and plans to marry in two weeks.
30-year-old Sam Bradner was rushing water to a nearby fire when he lost
control of the fire truck he was driving.
The vehicle veered from side to side before the truck flipped over and
IN Q=Sam was a dedicated volunteer
((KENNETH HUDSON/CHIEF: SAM WAS A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER. HE LOVED THE
DEPARTMENT. HE'D COME TO ANY ACTIVITY WE HAD AND GIVE US ONE HUNDRED
OUT Q=one hundred percent
His fellow Tunstall volunteer firefighters say they are a family --
struggling with a tragedy that could have happened to any of them.
IN Q=It brings home
((PAUL TUCKER/FIREFIGHTER: IT BRINGS HOME WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES SOMETIME AND
JUST BE EXTRA CAREFUL. MAKE SURE WE WANT TO GET TO THE SCENE AND DO WHAT WE DO
WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING THAT MIGHT CREATE A SECOND ACCIDENT.))
OUT Q=second accident
A grief counselor will talk to the unit members tonight -- and the community
Virginia's second largest tire dump is in Roanoke County.
The Department of Environmental Quality labels it a hazard.
County officials are warning the landowner to dispose of the tires before
it's too late.
If the estimated three million tires caught fire it would not only dump
petroleum-based run off into Back Creek and the Roanoke River, it would also
emit toxic fumes.
IN Q=The best thing
((ED KEELING:THE BEST THING WE CAN DO IS JUST SELL OUT AND LEAVE. "WHO ARE YOU
GOING TO SELL IT TO, THE COUNTY?" I DON'T KNOW WHO WE'RE GOING TO SELL IT TOO))
OUT Q=sell it to
The county has been to court with Keeling to get him to clear the tires, but
there are still legal hurdles.
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IN Q=Is it legal
((IS IT LEGAL? NO. YOU CAN GET JUDGEMENTS AGAINST MR. KEELING...LET'S TRY TO
ACHIEVE A SOLUTION TO CLEAN UP THE SIGHT))
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OUT Q=up the sight.
The cleanup costs could reach as high as six- million dollars and may be
passed on to Roanoke County taxpayers.
The future of Goodyear in Danville could rest on a union vote that is now
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Workers are deciding whether the plant should operate on a continuous cycle.
That would mean working on Sundays -- right now the employees have the
option of refusing a Sunday shift.
Workers say it would also mean 12-hour days without overtime pay.
But managers say they can NOT keep up with tire orders now, and the plant
could close if Danville employees refuse to go continuous.
Goodyear is the second largest employer in the Danville area, with 21
Union votes will be counted tonight.
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Yet another warning from Cox Communications to those who are receiving cable
illegally. We'll have an update on the company's amnesty program, coming up on
News 7 at Six.
And Denise Allen has another installment of "A Woman's War". Tonight, a
personal account of the fall of Richmond.
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The women of the antebellum plantation, Avenel, were well educated and even
As Denise Allen explains in the second part of A Women's War, the writings
of Kate Burwell (Burrell)
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Bowyer (Boy-er) and Letitia Burwell take us through a family tragedy and the
fall of Richmond.
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(("In the beginning of course our larders were well stored and our barns filled
so that it was hard to believe a day of scarcity could ever come to us; and no
household had a higher pleasure than showering upon it soldiers every luxury in
the eating department that Virginia culinary lore could suggest...Kate Burwell
Bowyer, "A Woman's Story of the War."
As the battles raged, the south weakened.
But still life went on back home.
Fan, called the flower of Avenel, married her longtime love, Jimmy
Breckenridge on March 4th, 1862, but tragedy loomed.
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IN Q=WHEN SHE WENT
((SUSAN OVERSTREET/AVENEL FOUNDATION: WHEN SHE WENT TO VISIT JIMMY AT
GORDONSVILLE SHE CONTRACTED TYPHOID FEVER AND DIED JUST FOUR MONTHS AFTER THEIR
OUT Q=AFTER THEIR MARRIAGE
"Friday, May 2nd, 1862, Felt very sad about the war and more like giving up our
cause as lost than ever before; it seems so utterly hopeless for us to attempt
to hold Richmond, and if the Yankees get possession of that city it would seem
that our cause was about gone....Letitia Burwell"
And her sister Kate Bowyer remembers the actual fall of Richmond, this way,
in her article, "A Woman's Story of the War."
"...It was like the shock of an earthquake when General Lee's lines were first
found to be breaking up around Richmond. My husband hurriedly packed us up
and, pushing our way through the streets, succeeded in thrusting us into one of
the last remaining trains which left Richmond, before its evacuation."
Kate's brother-in-law, Jimmy Breckenridge, was still a soldier in the war,
but devastated by his wife, Fan's death, he fought each battle recklessly.
Then in 1865 at the battle at Dinwiddie Court House he joined his love.
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IN Q=HE KNEW THERE
((OVERSTREET: HE KNEW THERE WAS NO WAY HE COULD HOLD BACK. HE KNEW HE WAS
GOING TO DIE. AS THEY WERE RETREATING HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED AND LEFT THERE.))
OUT Q=AND LEFT THERE
The war had left the south and Avenel in ruins.
And after fighting in the war, William Burwell left his Bedford home and did
not return until he was on his death bed more than 20 years later.
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IN Q=FOOD WAS SCARCE
((OVERSTREET: FOOD WAS SCARCE, MONEY WAS SCARCE AND THEY WERE COLD AND YOU CAN
REALLY GET MORE AND MORE INTO THE FAMILY. YOU CAN NOT JUST FEEL THEY'RE PEOPLE
ON THE PAGE, THEY COME ALIVE.))
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IN Q=THEY WERE CONFINED
((ANNETTE ALLEN/AVENEL FOUNDATION: THEY WERE CONFINED TO LIVE IN JUST A FEW
ROOMS OF THE HOUSE. THEY WERE UNABLE TO KEEP UP THE MANSION AND THE GROUNDS
WERE ONLY KEPT FOR THE GARDEN THAT YIELDED THEIR FOOD.))
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: THE CIVIL WAR HAD TORN THE FAMILY WITH DEATH AND
TRAUMATIZED IT FURTHER FINANCIALLY.
BY THE END OF THE CENTURY ONLY LETTY REMAINED AT AVENEL, HER PARENTS AND TWO
SISTERS WERE DEAD AND SISTER ROSA HAD MOVED TO KENTUCKY.
WHEN MISS LETTY DIED IN 1905 THE PLANTATION WAS JUST A SHADOW OF ITS FORMER
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
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The 20th century brought new life to the grand old home.
But it retains its historical roots.
Tomorrow Denise Allen tells a ghost story and explains how preserving
history is putting a new coat of paint on the house.
Stocks finished the day weaker after Hong Kong's stock market
took another turn for the worse.
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The Dow dropped nine points.
NASDAQ lost 14 points.
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Bad luck at the ballot box meant a down day on Wall Street for Virginia's
parimutuel horse race track.
Voters in Roanoke, Martinsville, and Fredericksburg rejected off-track
betting parlors in their communities on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Colonial Downs' stock closed 30- percent lower in value than the
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Colonial Downs is calling the plunge "market panic" that will be offset by
end of quarter earnings.
The track makes most of its money from two parlors in Richmond and
Chesapeake-- and will open two more in the Tidewater area by the end of the
Those parlors were approved in 1994, the last year any Virginia voters said
YES to a gambling measure.
Cox Communications has started the second phase of its crackdown on people
who receive cable programming without paying for it.
This part of the Theft Amnesty program includes inspections and focuses on
people who buy illegal
equipment that allows them to receive cable channels.
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((SHARRON DAVIES/COX COMMUNICATIONS: BECAUSE THERE IS THIS GROWING SITUTATION
AND GROWING PROBLEM WE ARE SEEING CUSTOMERS WHO NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT
THEY'RE PURCHASING. THEY SHOULD BE GETTING THEIR EQUIPMENT USUALLY FROM THEIR
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications;
OUT Q=their cable company.
Illegal cable customers have until December 31st to cut off their service or
become paying customers.
After that, Cox says it plans to prosecute habitual offenders.
So far, Cox says its audits have uncovered about 400 people getting cable
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll see what the Jackets and Hurricanes think
about the Cavs and Hokies.
The Tigers will again be the team to beat in men's ODAC basketball this
And Steve Mason checks in tonight with the latest edition of Roundhouse
Wrapup as the Express gets ready for a two game set this weekend at the Civic
The Big East battle of the week is set for Blacksburg this Saturday night at
six as the Hokies prepare to host Miami.
After a terrible start, the Canes have ripped off four straight wins, but are
they good enough to make a mess of Tech's season?
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((BUTCH DAVIS/MIAMI HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...ARKANSAS STATE."
The Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are fighting each
other for one of the ACC's four postseason bowl bids and this Saturday the two
meet head to head in Charlottesville.
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The Yellow Jackets are coming off tough losses to Florida State and North
Carolina, but insist they are ready to slow down the Cavs.
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((KEITH BROOKING/GA. TECH LINEBACKER:))
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OUT Q=...BETTER TEAM."
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Brooking says the key is forcing UVa quarterback Aaron Brooks to beat
OUT Q=...A CHANCE."
The Roanoke Express is back in the Roundhouse this weekend for a double dip.
Friday, Dayton is in town and Saturday, the Express battles Louisiana.
Steve Mason has this week's slap shots in Roundhouse Wrap up.
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The Coaches in the ODAC have released their pre-season basketball poll.
Hampden-Sydney is number one followed by Bridgewater, Virginia Wesleyan and
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Roanoke College graduated six seniors including 4 starters. Point guard
Nathan Hungate returns for his senior year but Page Moir says he has a group of
players who are anxious to show they can compete in the league.
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((PAGE MOIR/MAROONS HEAD COACH: ))
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Randolph-Macon is fifth. Emory and Henry, Eastern Mennonite, Lynchburg,
Washington and Lee and Guilford round out the top 10.
The ODAC soccer semi-finals and championship game originally set for tomorrow
and Saturday have been moved back a day.
The semi-finals will now be played at Roanoke College Saturday afternoon with
the championship game set for Sunday at one.
The poor forecast is the reason for the moves.
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That's News7 at Six.
Tonight at 11,
the only black race car driver to win a NASCAR race could have a Danville
road named after him.
Wendell Scott charged ahead with no money or sponsors -- but he won big at a
time when racism was rampant.
IN Q=Younger people need to know
((FRANCES MONTAGUE/NEIGHBOR: YOUNGER PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW, REGARDLESS OF HOW
HARD IT IS FOR THEM, YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY. WENDELL MADE IT BECAUSE HE
OUT Q=because he tried
We'll see if City Council takes steps to approve a "Wendell Scott Boulevard"
in Danville. (---------------)
We'll have the story, and more tonight on News 7 at 11.