Important People in Furious Hours

Casey Cep
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Reverend Willie Maxwell

Born in Alabama in the 1920s, Willie Maxwell is the driving character of Furious Hours. He left home after finishing school to join the military, and when returning home, married a local girl by the name of Mary Lou Edwards. Although Maxwell worked at the mill, he also had a second job, preaching. One night while preaching in Auburn, he returned home to, allegedly, an empty house. Mrs. Maxwell was found on the side of the road on Highway 22, dead.

This began a long string of deaths surrounding the Maxwell family. However, Maxwell consistently avoided being charged with murder. Despite officials pursuing forensics, they proved to be little help. After the first death of Mrs. Maxwell, the Reverend began collecting on the numerous insurance policies that he took out on his wife. However, the insurance companies were suspicious, and therefore many withheld payment, prompting Maxwell...

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