She was the daughter on Calvin Monroe Bates and Mary Jane "Mollie" Ziegler. She married Gordon Howell Newman on February 7, 1917 in St. Helena Parish, LA. They had at least four children. Her mother and father divorced when she was young. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Benton Beacom Wall. She was called by her middle name Mae.
Thelma Mae Bates Newman was murdered on September 2, 1937 from a beating with the butt of her husband's rifle in a fit of jealousy. After beating Mae, Gordon thought she was dead, he went into the house to get some clean clothing. After returning outside he heard Mae groaning. He then picked up a piece of fire wood and clubbed her with it until she stopped moving. Gordon then went into Kentwood and shot and killed the dentist that he had accused Mae of having an affair with. During Gordon's trial, his daughter Marguerite testified that on the day her father had accused her mother of meeting Dr. Root in Kentwood, she had spent the day with her mother and that encounter had not occurred. Gordon had tried to kill Mae several other times.
Gordon Newman was sentenced to life in prison. On May 4, 1949, just twelve years after killing Mae, he was paroled. Gordon died of a heart attack on April 7, 1952 in Galveston, Texas. He was then buried next to his wife that he had beat to death.
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Gordon Howell Newman
1891–1952 (m. 1917)
Myrtis Bates Bridges
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