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Joan Little

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Joan Little was born in Washington, North Carolina back in 1953.  She was the eldest of six siblings, she was forced to care for them and four half-siblings as well. As a teenager, she worked in the tobacco industry and was a waitress. Little’s problems with law enforcement began in 1968.  Her mother asked a judge to declare her a truant an committed her to the Dobbs Farm Training School in Kinston, North Carolina.

She escaped and lived with relatives in Philadelphia, three weeks after graduating from high school she developed a thyroid problem and returned to North Carolina for an operation. Starting in 1973, she was arrested on a variety of charges from theft to breaking and entering, along with possession of stolen good and possession of a sawed-off-shotgun.  On 27, August 1974, a police officer discovered the body of a jailer Clarence Alligood on her bunk dead at the Beaufort County jail.  He had suffered stab wounds to the temple and heat from an icepick. 

She was charged with first-degree murder.  In her trial it was brought out that Clarence had sexually assaulted other females in return for favors.  She was the first woman in United States history to be acquitted for using self-defense and deadly force to resist sexual assault. Her case also has become classic in legal circles as a pioneering instance of the application of scientific jury selection.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

What happened to Ms. Little? Did she find her way to straight and narrow?  I hope she is a happy, law abiding, peaceful grandma now.

Jun 27, 2021 04:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good for Joan! Now I need to go and look up what's happened to her life since the acquittal.

Jun 27, 2021 04:20 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

I was brought up to never hit or take advantage of a woman!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jun 27, 2021 05:01 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Self-defense should always be allowed and people definitely shouldn't allow others to take advantage of them.

Jun 27, 2021 05:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - sometimes the truth is known quite quickly and other times it is revealed over time.    Like Barbara Tattersall, I wonder about the next chapter in the life of Joan Little.  

Jun 27, 2021 05:46 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Courageous woman for sure,  Great post, thanks for sharing.  Make it a great Sunday.  It all starts over tomorrow.  Bill Salvatore

Jun 27, 2021 06:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes you got to do what should be done. Just ask Joan! Good work. Enjoy your day.

Jun 27, 2021 06:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James, This is a interesting case to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!


Jun 27, 2021 08:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James.

What a chillingly sad story of this woman.  After her acquittal, I hope she did better in life. A

Jun 27, 2021 09:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- it seems as if she had a rough life from the beginning. I did look to see what her life was like now but she seems to have disappeared from public scrutiny. 

Jun 27, 2021 11:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I think I remember hearing of that case.  Happy Sunday!

Jun 27, 2021 01:22 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello there James. My what a dramatic and tragic story to have to live through

Jun 27, 2021 03:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Interesting. As someone who has a jail ministry it's always disapointing to hear about abusers in the system James Dray .

Jun 28, 2021 05:53 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an interesting tale about a strange twist the has changed society.

Oct 26, 2021 07:39 PM