Episode 23: Carrie Lawson Part 2

Carrie Lawson

Carrie Lawson

Carrie Lawson was kidnapped on September 11, 1991, in Jasper, Alabama. She was 25 years old and recently graduated from the University of Alabama Law School. This stunning case still haunts the community and her family 28 years later.

Join Kristi as she delves back into the Carrie Lawson case with Carrie’s sister Margaret Smith Kubiszyn. If you want to hear part 1 of this story listen to Episode 9 before you listen to this episode.

The kidnapping happened around 3 a.m. at the home Carrie shared with her husband, 26-year-old Earl Lawson. They received a middle-of-the-night call from a woman claiming to be a nurse who said a close family member was at the hospital. As the couple left for the hospital, a gunman appeared at their vehicle. He forced Earl to the ground and instructed Carrie to bind her husband with duct tape.

The gunman, Jerry Bland, demanded a ransom in exchange for the safe return for Carrie. Carrie’s family was willing to pay the $300,000 ransom in order to get their daughter back. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.

Karen McPherson, Jerry Bland’s cousin, has been serving 25 years in prison for the kidnapping of Carrie Lawson but to this day Carrie has never been found.

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Sources:

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2016/09/carrie_lawson_disappeared_25_y.html

https://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/02/us/kidnapped-woman-still-missing-as-suspect-is-an-apparent-suicide.html

http://charleyproject.org/case/carolyn-elizabeth-lawson