For more than 50 years, this question has been asked by journalists, bloggers, podcast hosts, and anyone in Nashville, Tennessee, who has heard about the famous murder and trial that mesmerized Music City in the turbulent years of 1968 and 1969.
The Last Ride is the story of Haynie Gourley - how he overcame a lonely, impoverished childhood, made his way to Nashville where he founded a successful automobile dealership, and created a charmed life for his family in wealthy Belle Meade. Just as he was about to realize his dream of having his only son take over and run his lucrative business, Haynie was murdered.
For fifty years, this troubling story could not be told. All parties involved kept silent, refusing pleas from the press and from authors hoping to write a book. At long last, this true-crime narrative connects the dots in the case and sheds new light on what happened on Elm Hill Pike on a sunny morning in May 1968.
Explanation of of the book, as well as how the book evolved, why it was written, and the investigation and research that went into writing it.
View select excerpts that will give you just a small taste of the suspenseful story and what to expect when you read the entire book.
Learn more about Martha Smith Tate, who spent three years researching and investigating the details to put the pieces of this crime puzzle together.