Local serial killer denied parole

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WXTX) -  A convicted serial killer from Russell County has been denied parole again.

Curtis Grantham was up for parole review Tuesday.

Back in the late 1980's, Curtis Grantham brutally tortured and murdered three women, two from Phenix City and one from Columbus.

Their families, as well as Russell County authorities, spent the day in Montgomery pleading for Grantham to stay behind bars.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor attended the hearing and says the board denied Grantham's parole for another five years.

Taylor says Grantham, now 59, is a "true serial murderer." He tells WTVM Grantham is a threat to every woman he comes into contact with and "there's no question he will kill again if released."

Grantham is serving his two life sentences in the Bullock Correctional Facility, a prison in Union Springs, AL. Sheriff Taylor says Grantham was convicted of two murders and confessed to the third.

In 1988, he murdered Rose Medley and Geraldine Burghaff and buried them in a wooded area in Seale, AL.

He killed the third woman, 32-year-old Dawn Ball, when he broke into her home and stabbed her to death in front of her 18-month-old son.

Grantham was also denied parole in 2005.

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