Signal Mountain Murder Case Featured On A&E Wednesday

Saturday, July 28, 2001

The Signal Mountain Murder Case will be featured on national TV next Wednesday night.

A&E's City Confidential at 10 p.m. will focus on "Chattanooga: Dangerous Trespassing."

A preview about the show says:
"When three visitors to Signal Mountain are murdered in the woods, suspicion falls on Frank Casteel, who liked to threaten trespassers with his shotgun. Includes an interview with Casteel's former mistress, who wore a wire to gather evidence against him."

Casteel several months ago won a new trial for his conviction in the triple murder case.

Prosecutors later said they would proceed with a retrial rather than appeal the decision of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

District Attorney Bill Cox and special prosecutor Lee Davis are set to try Casteel in the Signal Mountain murders.

Casteel, who remains behind bars, is represented by attorneys Don Poole and Phil Lawrence.

The 1998 conviction of Casteel on three counts of first-degree murder was overturned on grounds that portions of tapes should not have been played to the jury.

He was convicted in the 1988 shotgun slayings of Richard Mason, 49, of Signal Mountain; Kenneth Griffith, 22, of Red Bank; and Earl Smock, 23, of Decatur, Tenn.

Prosecutors said Casteel was mad that the men were trespassing on his remote Signal Mountain property near the Blue Hole. Casteel says he is not guilty of the murders.


PHOTOS: Funeral Of Luther Masingill

For video by Ben Cagle click here , here and here . (click for more)

Barbara Sue Perdue Greer Charged With Coercion Of A Witness

Barbara Sue Perdue Greer has been arrested for coercion of a witness. Members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division filed the charge and took Ms. Greer, 40, of Cohulla Road, Southeast, into custody.  Reports indicate Ms. Greer is a defendant in a pending case, and her actions toward a witness in that case led to the charge.  ... (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)

Freeman-Led Owls Whip Cleveland, 30-14, To Win 5-AAA Title

Junior Rashun Freeman's stunning versatility stole the show Friday night. Freeman caught a touchdown pass, returned a punt for a second score and had one of three Ooltewah interceptions as the fourth-ranked Owls whipped Cleveland, 30-14, to win the District 5-AAA championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at James N. Monroe Stadium. “I practice hard and that shows ... (click for more)

Daoust Dashes For 251 Yards As Rhea Defeats East Hamilton, 42-14

Zach Daoust gained 251 yards and scored one of Rhea County’s six rushing touchdowns and the Golden Eagles pulled away with a strong fourth quarter to defeat East Hamilton’s Hurricanes, 42-14, in a non-district football game at East Hamilton High. The Hurricanes fell to 2-7 overall while losing for the fifth time in six games. East Hamilton concludes its season at Bradley Central ... (click for more)