MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Low: ...more »
Millikin Professor Connected to Murder of Family
A local college professor is connected to the murder of his entire family more than 40 years ago.
In 1967, 15-year-old Jim Wolcott shot his mother, father, and sister in their home in Georgetown, Texas. He was tried for his crimes and ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was in a hospital undergoing treatment until he was 21, when he was made a free man.
Two reporters with the Georgetown Advocate in Georgetown, Texas wondered whatever happened to Jim Wolcott. This is what Ann Marie Gardener and Cathy Payne found.
He's now known as Dr. James St. James--professor of psychology at Millikin University in Decatur.
The reporters tracked him down, and he was very unwilling to speak with them about his past.
Officials with Millikin University released a statement saying he has worked at the university for 27 years, building a successful academic career, including winning awards. They added his success is remarkable, given his traumatic experiences of childhood.
They expect St. James to teach at Millikin this fall.