A True Crime Drama by Connie Cooksey Minick, Butch Cooksey's Sister
This is me kneeling behind my brother Butch’s grave in the family plot at Bellwood Cemetery. Mother and Daddy’s gravesite can be viewed directly behind me.
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A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH
Siblings Connie and Butch Cooksey enjoyed an idyllic small-town childhood in Lebanon, Tennessee, during the 1950s and ’60s. Their father operated a popular country store and filling station on Highway 70, while their mother kept the home fires burning. But tragedy struck in the summer of 1969 when Butch, not quite out of his teen years, was killed in what was presumed to be a hit-and-run accident, and the Cooksey family was never the same.
Over the ensuing decades, Connie and her two younger sisters heard bizarre tales that their brother’s death may not have been an accident after all. There were rumors that he had been killed and that the perpetrator had kept several of Butch’s teeth as souvenirs.
In A Tooth for a Tooth, Connie Cooksey Minick shares her personal reflections of how 40 years after Butch’s death, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Terry Ashe and Chief Deputy Larry Bowman reopened the case, followed the trail and ultimately brought the killer to justice.
“Convictions of any kind after forty years are few and far between. The Butch Cooksey murder case is one of Tennessee's oldest cases to be resolved. This would not have been possible without the love, will and determination of his family and the skill and leadership of one of Tennessee's finest sheriffs.”
District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson
A Tooth For A Tooth: The Butch Cooksey Story