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Dot Moore presents new book on John Wallace to rapt audiences

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 by Noelle Matteson

No Remorse: The Rise and Fall of John Wallace by Dot MooreOn August 31, Dot Moore spoke at the Coweta County Courthouse about her latest book No Remorse: The Rise and Fall of John Wallace. Historian and author Daniel Langford states that Moore’s “gripping” work “answers a thousand questions about the Turner/Wallace case.”

According to the Times-Herald, Moore held audiences “spellbound” as she described perhaps the most famous murder in Coweta County history. She also presented Wallace’s Bible, pocket watch, tie, and pistol.

Moore told the LaGrange Daily News that Wallace had a real life Jekyll and Hyde personality: he had both a generous reputation and a demonic temper. A prominent Meriwether County farmer and landowner, he killed one of his farmhands William Turner in 1948. Wallace was sentenced to death, and he is one of the richest men to have ever been executed. Another unusual aspect in the case is that he, a powerful white man, was put away by the testimony of two black men.

Dot Moore launched her new book with a big signing at Scott’s Bookstore in Newnan. On Monday, Moore autographed copies of No Remorse at the Chipley Historical Society in Pine Mountain. She will be signing books in Montgomery’s NewSouth Bookstore on Thursday, September 15 at 4 p.m. and at Horton’s Books & Gifts in Carrollton on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. She will talk at the Powell Expo Center on Temple Avenue in Newnan on Oct. 29.

Read more about Dot Moore’s presentation in the LaGrange Daily News piece “Killer’s items displayed as book debuts” and the Times-Herald articles “Was it murder in Meriwether County?” and “Dot Moore to speak at Pine Mountain and at Expo Center.”

Moore grew up in Heard County, Georgia. She is a retired educator and political activist, and lives in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the author of Oracle of the Ages, the story of Mayhayley Lancaster, also published by NewSouth Books. Oracle of the Ages told about fortune teller Mayhayley Jackson, who testified at Wallace’s trial. It won the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla Hawes Award.

Dot Moore’s No Remorse is available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite retail or online bookseller.

Audio Interview with Oracle of the Ages Author Dot Moore Available Online

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 by Lyndsey

A radio interview with Oracle of the Ages author Dot Moore is now available from Georgia Public Radio’s Cover to Cover book review program.

In March 2003, Dot Moore gave a fascinating interview with host St. John Flinn concerning her book Oracle of the Ages, a work of creative non-fiction about the legendary fortune teller Mayhayley Lancaster. During the show, many listeners called in to tell their stories of encounters with Lancaster and ask Moore questions about how she was able to research the enigmatic character when it seemed that her life was kept ultimately undocumented.

Moore recalled her experience searching through the archives in Heard County and piecing information together with the accounts of locals who personally knew the self-proclaimed “Oracle of the Ages.”

One caller commented, “Once you start reading it, you won’t put it down!”

Listen to the full broadcast or download a podcast of the interview at Cover to Cover.

Oracle of the Ages has just been re-released in paperback and is available now from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite online or local book retailers.