We have with us Candice Fulton, who owns a large plantation in Monticello, Georgia. Candice is not in law enforcement, but was instrumental in solving a murder.
Candice, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I inherited Fuloton Station Plantation when both my brothers were killed in the Civil War. When I returned from boarding school , I found two freed servants there to feed. The home and land were run down, and the taxes hadn't been paid for several years. Also, a
sister-in-law, that I didn't know I had, arrived on my doorstep with my brother’s son. I couldn't borrow any money. I also had a carpetbagger, who wanted me to sell him my property. He started stalking me. I advertised for an overseer. Hunter McFarland, a northern soldier, applied for the job, and I hired him. He had the money to hire workers and buy seeds for planting, but he asked for…well, it was an expensive price to pay.
What did he want?
My hand in marriage. But we agreed that it would be a marriage in name only.
Did things get better after that?
Not really. My nephew was kidnapped. Then Silas Philpot, the carpetbagger, was found murdered on my plantation, and I am arrested for his murder. Hunter had to bail me out. Together we looked for the murderer.
Was Hunter able to help you with the investigation?
Yes, without his knowledge and my tenacity, I would have been tried and probably
convicted of murder.
How did all of this affect your life?
This has affected my life in many ways. I fell in love with a man who a former enemy. I also learned the meaning of love and caring for other people.
Thank you, Candice, for being with us today. Congratulations on your marriage!
Lacey Blevins has two books published. More information about her or her books can be found on her website www.laceyblevins.com.