Cancer Kills Death Row Inmate

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Convicted murderer Jack H. Potts, first sentenced to death in 1976, has died of liver cancer at Augusta State Medical Prison in east Georgia.
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AVM

Richmond, VA

#41 Sep 28, 2010
josh wrote:
he was my grandapa @ i miss him so stop talking about him please
He was TRASH Jack H. Potts, 52, was sentenced to death in March 1976 in two counties Forsyth and Cobb counties for the kidnapping and murder of a 24-year-old good Samaritan, Michael Priest. Mr. Priest agreed to help Mr. Potts, who told him there had been an accident May 8, 1975. His co-defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in exchange for a 10-year sentence. Mr. Potts escaped from the Forsyth County Jail in September 1987 and was shot twice by officers. Mr. Potts' conviction was overturned in May 1984, but he was resentenced to death in 1988 and again 1990.
mike

United States

#42 Oct 3, 2010
At least he had healthcare. Lots of good working folks still can't afford it.
ryan potts

Smyrna, GA

#43 Nov 5, 2010
god gave him every right to kill when he gave humans the right to choose. he was a big impact on my life. i am proud of him and what he did. he got to die by himself. he got the last laugh. the state did not get to kill him. i hope he haunts you all
TwoTonTony

Hahira, GA

#44 Nov 9, 2010
ryan potts wrote:
god gave him every right to kill when he gave humans the right to choose. he was a big impact on my life. i am proud of him and what he did. he got to die by himself. he got the last laugh. the state did not get to kill him. i hope he haunts you all
You are a puking idot!
Larry

Gainesville, GA

#45 Mar 28, 2011
I for one am glad he is gone. I do hope he suffered a long time before dying. It isnt up to me to forgive him but I do hope God forgave him but for some reason I dont think he would ever ask
Now why do some of you people think killing another person is ok if you are on drugs ?
Anjie

Milledgeville, GA

#46 Apr 27, 2011
WELL, KARMA GOT HIM GOOD. I DOUBT WHAT HE DID WAS ACCIDENTAL BECAUSE HE WOULDN'T BE IN DEATH ROW. HE MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING TERRIBLE MORE THAN A COUPLE OF TIMES. KARMA CAME AND BITE HIM RIGHT IN THE butt BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID AND WELL...HE DESERVED IT...
LLT

Luthersville, GA

#47 May 27, 2011
Jack Howard Potts may have done many things that I or you may not agree with, but let me tell you he had children. His son is a very dear friend of mine. I have heard all the stories. Now let me tell you one...his son was treated badly for what his dad did! Do you have any idea how it feels to be a kid and have to pay for the mistakes of your parents? He was treated badly at school and God forbid let his name be spoken. I thank God that he had the friends he did, they saw him through. I never knew Jack Potts but I do know his children and they are wonderful people. They lost alot too. I read the comments and am saddened by the remarks! Yes the man did unforgivable things BUT HE HAS FAMILY that are still in the area. Should they be exposed to the comments? Yes we have freedom of speech but people are hurt by that speech! For a former police officer to call him a "SOB" that's sad! As a police officer it is NOT your job to judge but to uphold the law, and that is it! I am so sorry for the loss of life and for the son of Mr. Priest but nasty comments won't change it. Fact is Jack Potts was wrong and his actions cost many very dearly, not only the victims but his own family. Unless you have seen the damage caused firsthand maybe snide comments should be kept to yourself!
Anon

Red Oak, IA

#48 Jul 7, 2011
They entire Potts family are awful people.
Bruce

Chicago, IL

#49 Jul 25, 2011
josh wrote:
he was my grandapa @ i miss him so stop talking about him please
that stupid fu#k got my buddys dad killed. I hope hes giving hitler a hummer in hell..........
Bruce

Chicago, IL

#50 Jul 25, 2011
ryan potts wrote:
god gave him every right to kill when he gave humans the right to choose. he was a big impact on my life. i am proud of him and what he did. he got to die by himself. he got the last laugh. the state did not get to kill him. i hope he haunts you all
yep and thats why he got gang raped in prison every day. O wait that was because he liked it
Penny

Ireland

#51 Apr 18, 2012
Hmm i just stumbled on this post im in Ireland and i think i may have something of jack potts by a weird concidence .. Years ago i was out on a suday drive to a small village near my home and we found a small church hall having a jumble sale for charity we went in for a look around and i bought a ticket for a raffle i never bothered to check what the prize was cos well it was just 20c and im just not that lucky to win anything anyway . later that day i got a call i had won the prize and it was a beautiful knitted bed quilt it wasent to my taste but was very well made . I asked my dad to collect it for me as i was on my way to work .when i got home he gave it to me and said the lady that passed it to him said some guy on death row in america had made it and it was still in the box he had posted it in from the prison i checked the name it was jack potts , the lady said that they write to inmates on death row for religous reasons i guess and that mr potts had heard about the charity sale and donated this item he had made as a prize to help them raise money . I know i was a lil freaked out when i heard prison and death row so i just put it into my attic where i guess it still is now. I never untill today knew anything about jack potts and i must say im more than a lil shocked ....
Justiceforall

Wedmore, UK

#52 Jun 14, 2012
Penny wrote:
Hmm i just stumbled on this post im in Ireland and i think i may have something of jack potts by a weird concidence .. Years ago i was out on a suday drive to a small village near my home and we found a small church hall having a jumble sale for charity we went in for a look around and i bought a ticket for a raffle i never bothered to check what the prize was cos well it was just 20c and im just not that lucky to win anything anyway . later that day i got a call i had won the prize and it was a beautiful knitted bed quilt it wasent to my taste but was very well made . I asked my dad to collect it for me as i was on my way to work .when i got home he gave it to me and said the lady that passed it to him said some guy on death row in america had made it and it was still in the box he had posted it in from the prison i checked the name it was jack potts , the lady said that they write to inmates on death row for religous reasons i guess and that mr potts had heard about the charity sale and donated this item he had made as a prize to help them raise money . I know i was a lil freaked out when i heard prison and death row so i just put it into my attic where i guess it still is now. I never untill today knew anything about jack potts and i must say im more than a lil shocked ....
I know who that lady was because I met her a few times when I was visiting in Georgia. She was a very devout catholic who visited Jack.
fate

Reidsville, GA

#53 Aug 10, 2012
It is now 2012,twenty-two years after Jack Potts was condemned to die for the fourth time, six years, if I have it right, after his death in Augusta. He still is a strong figure in our minds, in view of the comments of the previous six years. I do not cheer any death; there is too much suffering and sadness as the world turns each day. For those who suffered in 1975, my heart weeps now, as it did in the summer of 1990, when I first heard the details. For those who were in the Potts family, I am sorry that others made them responsible for his actions. As far as judging the man, I and others did so. It was not pleasant. There was no life without parole at that time, and we were absolutely unwilling to give him any chance to hurt anyone else. If you do some research about his escape from the Forsyth County jail, you will have one example of why not to give him any chance to leave prison. I could live with signing a death warrant for him, but I could not live with the responsibility of his hurting or killing another person. Yet, I would not have felt good about his execution if it had happened, honestly, but his acts of kindness never convinced anyone that he would be anything but a threat if he were ever freed.
Diana

Douglasville, GA

#54 Sep 2, 2012
Ginger, I was a very close friend to Michael's sister Betty in the early 80's. I have been trying to reconnect with her for years but cannot find her. I know her Mom is Mary but cannot find her either. Last I knew Betty had moved to Arizona. Could you please help me locate Betty? You can email me at dianapeck@aol.com.
i was threatened by him

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#55 Oct 20, 2012
in volusia county jail in the late 70s i was placed in a cell next to the illustrious mr potts.
I can tell you he was one of the most distasteful people ever encountered
He continually attempted to verbally harass me for no reason other than I was taken out for medical evaluation. Upon return he started screaming about my being a snitch, no clue why.
the man screamed, spit, threw urine, and feces while laughing and threatening me
Im a big guy, and not too easily scared but I can tell you this was a man very much to be feared

damn glad he's dead
billy

Cumming, GA

#56 Nov 5, 2012
He was a great man he was my Dad
billy

Cumming, GA

#57 Nov 5, 2012
Do not ever desparage him he was the greatest man I know
Nothingbut

Byron, GA

#58 Nov 13, 2012
If he is the greatest man you know,I feel sorry for you
kevin

Barnwell, SC

#59 Jan 20, 2013
nicole wrote:
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That's pretty cold Mark. Maybe you have freedom of speech, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't think about what you say before you say it, does it?
I knew potts and he told me all about his crimes. He never shied away from talking about what he had done. Surprisingly most death row inmates don't. He was a likable person but he did not regret his crimes and I got that straight from the man himself.
Chuck

Birmingham, AL

#60 May 19, 2013
I was in school with him. Sixth and seventh grades. Bully even back then. Scarey then as now. Small loss!

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