Charles Postell papers

Charles Postell papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Postell papers
Creator: Postell, Charles Stanley, 1939-2008
Inclusive Dates: 1977-2003
Language(s): English
Extent: 6 Linear Feet
Collection Number: ms3915
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Charles Stanley Postell was born in Adel, Georgia in 1939 and attended the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism. After working for the Moultrie Observer, the Valdosta Times, and the Miami Herald, he joined the Albany Herald where his work earned him awards from the United Press International and the Associated Press, as well as a position on the board of directors of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization.

After covering the 1973 murder of six members of the Alday family in Donalsonville, Georgia, Postell spent ten years corresponding with ringleader Carl Isaacs and published a book, Dead Man Coming, about the murders. In 1980, four of Isaacs' fellow death row inmates escaped from the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville. Charles Postell and his wife Judi were indicted on charges of aiding in their escape, but charges were dropped after Isaacs, the prosecution's key wittness, attempted to extort $15,000 from Postell in exchange for changing his testimony.

Scope and Content

This collection contains Charles Postell's papers related to his career as a journalist including his research, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence, as well as other writings including speeches, manuscripts, and screenplays.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Postell papers, ms3915, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

Related material in this repository includes the Harry Crews papers, ms 3340.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11-4Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to Robin Postell, 1988-1995
15Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to Robin Postell, 2002-2003
16Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to Robin Postell, undated
17Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to government officials, 1977-1980
18Correspondence: Linda Vinson, 1977
19Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to Judi Postell, 1977-1980; 2002-2003
110Correspondence: Carl Isaacs to Charles Postell, 1979-1980
111Correspondence: Billy Isaacs to Robin Postell, 1993
112Correspondence: Wayne Coleman to Charles Postell, 1981
113Correspondence: Charles Postell, 1975-1991
114Correspondence: Others, 1980; 1986
115Correspondence: Charles Postell and Howard Libov re: Midnight Edition, 1988-1992
116Correspondence: Charles Postell and Dorothy Deering
117Photograph: Alday family trailer
118Photographs: Carl Isaacs
119Photographs: Charles Postell
120Photographs for Dead Man Coming
121Photograph: George Dungee
122Photographs: Georgia electric chair
123Photographs: miscellaneous
124Photograph: Troy Leon Gregg and family
125Map of Death Row drawn by Carl Isaacs
126Dallas Moore v. Charles Postell et al. interrogatories
127Testimony: Billy Isaacs
128Profiles of people involved in the trials of Carl Isaacs
129Conviction and lawyer's papers
130Agreements: Carl Isaacs
131Dog Story by Carl Isaacs
132Carl Isaacs, misceallaneous
133Map of Donalsonville, Georgia
134Letter from Richard Nixon
135Fan art
136Postell family history
137Birth certificate: Charles Postell (copy)
138Resume: Charles Postell
139Obituary: Charles Postell
140Clippings: Alday murders, 1973-2003
141Clippings concerning Charles Postell, 1973-2003
142Clippings: Dead Man Coming
143Clippings: Murder One (documentary), 1977
144-46Clippings: Articles concerning the 1980 prison escape and the Postell indictment
21Book of material concerning 1980 prison escape attempt
22Material related to the Charles and Judi Postell case
23-4Evidence book
25Research: 1980 prison escape
26Research: Alcoholism
27Research: Baker County , 1973-1977
28Research: Baldy
29Research: Bobby Hill
210Research: Buck Bentley
211Research: Charles Thomas White III
212Research: Doellefeld kidnapping , 1988-1989
213Research: George Dungee
214Research: George Isaacs
215Research: Georgia coroner system
216Research: Harry Crews
217Research: The Iron Horse
218Research: Jackie Gleason
219Research: James H. Gray Jr.
220Research: Ku Klux Klan
221Research: Koinonia Partners
222Research: Lee Alto
223Research: Leo Frank
224Research: Loretta Lynn
225Research: Mitchell County
226Research: Montana
227Research: Moon Madness
228Research: Peter Zack Geer
229Research: Robert Lee Jest
230Research: Roy Lee Franklin
231Research: University of Georgia
232Research: Wayne Coleman
233Research: Why Can't Georgia Execute?
234Research: William Waters
235Research: Witch
236Research: Zen
237Writing: Accent magazine articles by Charles Postell
238Writing: Albany Herald articles by Charles Postell
239Writing: Alday murders and trial articles by Charles Postell, 1973-1975
31-3Writing: Alday murders manuscript by Charles Postell
34-5Writing: Alday murders manuscript by Charles Postell
36Writing: Articles by Charles Postell
37Writing: fragments on the Alday murders
38Writing: Georgia Monthly
39Writing: The Hunted Ones story by Isaacs, Gregg and Johnson
310-12Writing: The Lord Don't Love Ugly typescript by Charles Postell
313Writing: Manuscripts by Charles Postell
314Writing: Miami Herald articles by Charles Postell
315Writing: Midnight Edition screenplay first draft
316Writing: Midnight Edition screenplay second draft
317Writing: notes by Charles Postell
318Writing: notes on the Alday murders
319Writing: partial typescripts about the 1980 prison escape
320Writing: Realtor Magazine Editor's Notes by Charles Postell
321Writing: screenplay about the Alday murders
322Writing: short pieces by Charles Postell
323Writing: speeches by Charles Postell
324Writing: Valdosta Times articles by Charles Postell
4Research notes on index cards
51Midnight Edition (film based on Escape of My Dead Men) laserdisc
52-20Photographs and clippings used in Dead Man Coming
521Album: newspaper articles related to Georgia Bureau of Investigation
522Album: newspaper clippings concerning Charles Postell
523Album: newspaper clippings concerning 1980 prison escape
6Carl Isaacs knitting
7Carl Isaacs matchstick house

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