Michael and George Krull

On April 14, 1955, brothers George and Michael Krull and their friends, Edward Bice and Paul Allen, were drinking and cruising around Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Krull brothers, who were born and raised in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, had fled south to escape arrest.

Noticing a woman stepping out of a parked car, the brothers forced her back in and robbed her. Though the woman, Sunie Jones, 53, did not have any money, she told the brothers she knew someone who would give her money. The three drove off together, crossing into Georgia.

The Krulls drove in to North Georgia’s Chickamauga Park, site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1863. Bice and Allen followed them. In the park, Michael and George Krull raped Jones. When a park ranger came toward them, the Krulls ran to Bice and Allen’s car and the four drove off.

Atlanta Constitution, April 18, 1955

Bice, Allen, and George Krull were quickly arrested. Michael Krull fled and was later arrested in New York.

The Krull brothers were tried in Atlanta on federal charges of kidnapping Jones, transporting her across state lines, and raping her. With Jones as a witness, the Krulls were quickly convicted and sentenced to death.

After their appeal and clemency requests were denied, George and Michael Krull were electrocuted at Reidsville State Prison on August 21, 1957.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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