The Bibey Family was never interviewed or consulted wuith for either of the books published about the murders. This got me to thinking about how her parents William Powell and Dessie (Lawson) Bibey felt about their daughter Nina marrying Arthur Lawson, the sole survivor of the murders of his family by his father. Not much is known about her at this point. She had to have been deeply affected by the murders as everyone else in the community was. After Arthur was killed in an auto accident 15 years after the murders, Nina took their four children to live in California, never to return to Stokes County. She remained in California for the remainder of her life where she died in 1982. Her children and grand-children still live there. Moving so far away from her family and friends, never to see them again was a drastic change in her life. Maria
As they say, she must have had it "up to here". We cannot imagine or even guess what she went through with people asking questions and staring at her every where she went. She must have gotten some insurance money from Arthur's accident so she was able to leave this part of the country. Bobby Wayne Manring
Yes I know that Jayne but Leonard was the only member of the Bibey family she spoke with and only concerning the crying spell his grandfather Joe had on the day of the murders. Oakley Manring told me when we interviewed him that no one had bothered to talk with the Bibey and Manring families, no effort was even made to contact them. Until us, no one had ever shown any interest in them and how they felt and what they believed happened. Talking with one man about one single incident is not the same as interviewing the different relatives in these two families. Maria
In the new book the author said she contacted Arthur's family in California and they stated they did really keep in touch with their family in North Carolina. They said everone was great and they wanted everyone to respect their family's privacy. It was one of Arthur's great grand-daughters I think. Anyway, part of me wishes they would speak out to settle some of the questions. Of course who really knows if Arthur ever spoke of it. You know sometimes when people don't speak about something, it just increases people's curiosity. So sometimes I think it's best just to get it out. You know Arthur had to be aware if his sister Marie was pregnant or not. I too was wondering if anyone would allow, and who that would be, DNA testing to be done to put it to rest. I'm not for disturbing the dead, but this has been a long time issue. Kcail
Hi Kcail, welcome to our forum. We have discussed this isue with DNA testing in here before but since you are new to the forum I will address it again. We have been told by a leading Pathologist in North Carolina that due to the amount of time that has passed (77 years), the condition of the burial site soil, the cheap quality of the caskets in which they were buried and the lack of vaults that there would not likely be anything left from which to extract DNA. It would also cost some one in the family an astronomical sum of money to do it as well The going price 10 years ago just to exhume a body was $3,000.00. It's probably a couple of thousand more by now. That doesn't include the additional price tags for all the tests involved in performing this procedure. All things considered, I think it is very unlikey that an exhumation of Marie Lawson's body will ever be done. Maria
I agree with Kcail. I wish there was something that could be done to find out the truth to this "on-going secret" but like Maria said, it takes a family member and a great sum of money to do it. It just makes me wonder if we will ever know the truth about this. Lilred1984
There are some parts of this tragedy we may never know Lilred but then you never know who might have some piece of evidence that by some complex string of events wanders into our lives, dropping it into our hands. We can always hope!! Maria
That's what makes this forum so interesting for us all...we all bring sleuths so to speak looking at the case from new perspectives we may not have had before. Am I right that this is the only forum about the Lawson tragedy? Ladebug
I've seen a few other places on the internet where people are discussing this topic but nothing near as big as our forum nor with close to the number of members like we have in here. Those other places aren't actully forums either. Maria
Since this thread was aired two years ago we have come to learn a little more about Nina Bibey. I learned that she loved to dance and in fact was a good enough dancer to win first place in a number of dance contests in Walnut Cove, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. She also loved to garden and grew some of the prettiest roses in Stokes County. I also learned that contrary to popular belief she was in touch with her family back in Stokes County. Especially with her parents and her brother Leonard. Her father I've been told went to visit her in California. Like Arthur, Nina also enjoyed going to the movies. Little by little a picture of Nina Elizabeth bibey Lawson Dodd is emerging. Maria
I always found it odd that Nina's family wasn't interviewed or asked to be interviewed. There could have been a wealth of information there. Not only telling more about herself (Nina) but referring to Arthur's real feelings of what happened.
Post by Curious but respectful on Dec 28, 2014 18:09:26 GMT -5
I've just came back across this story as I live in this area. Reading some if these today just makes me shake my head. Who really has to wonder what was "in his mind" or what "his feelings were" COME ONE PEOPLE his Father murdered his entires family! On Christmas Day! Why would he want to talk all the time about it and give interviews?! Why would the Bibey family need to be interveiwed?! He was 16 when it happened. Who cares who was pregnant or not?! My god. The man had to do what he had to do to survive, stay sane and take care of hisself and his family.