Lula Gillispie is my mom. She disappeared in 1973. This is what I know right now.
My mom gave me, my half sister and two half brothers to my grandmother in 1971 so that she could raise us. Her husband, Joe Gambill, was killed in a car wreck in 1969 and so she was a widow and very young with four children. Apparently she was at Haspin Acreson night in 1973 when four men attacked, raped, beat her and then threw her body over the Laurel bridge to die. I’m sure that they thought she wouldn’t make it but she did. She crawled up to the road and made it home to her mothers house, Emma Gillispie. Emma called the police and a statement was taken but the report was never filed. The next day she disappeared and never heard from again. In the statement she names the men who did this to her.
I grew up thinking that my mother had just chosen to go on with her life because she couldn’t handle being a mom and it wasn’t until 2010 while on Topix, I discovered the real story as to what happened to her. Since then I contact the police, filed a missing persons report and the case is still open. Doug Baker is the officer that is investigating her case but for the last few months I can’t get any response from him. The last time I spoke with him he claimed that he took a trip to Florida and spoke with the officer that actually took the report. He told me that he wanted to meet me and go over everything face to face but now he won’t even talk to me..
I know that Lula made some mistakes but to know that someone could have robbed her from the right to get her life straightened out and be a mother to her children is what hurts so bad. All the men in the statement are still alive and some of them are still to this day causing problems.
Everyone in the town of Laurel knows about this story and all the other unsolved murders in the county but act as though they are all to afraid to say anything. Another strange thing that happened in recent years is that Lula’s brother Melvin was found murdered and rolled up in a piece of carpet. I don’t even think a single person has been questioned in either of these cases.