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Old 05-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #16
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Eddie isn't any better than she is either, since he didn't refuse to do it.
Exactly. They paint him out to be a dumb redneck in the segment but the truth is he's a cold blooded murderer. He is just as guilty if not more considering he pulled the trigger himself.

So sad, the the older couple seemed like such a nice couple too by all accounts. This was 1991, they were married 35 years? It's too bad.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:39 PM   #17
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Yes. I definitely agree. Eddie was just as bad as Cheryl, maybe worse. Especially because he could have walked away from the plan anytime he wanted to or at least tried to talk her out of it, but he didn't. I think he saw dollar signs flashing before his eyes, just like the wife did. It's such a shame that a couple that were loved by so many people had to meet such a tragic end!
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I think perhaps Cheryl was a druggie and her aunt and uncle bailed her out before because they loved her. This time, they were doing the tough love bit and that POed Cheryl off to the brink.
I think that's the best possible explanation. I keep thinking of Dwayne McCorkendale, shot in the back for approximately $25, possibly by a group of people who were trolling truck stops and asking drivers if "they had any dope", among other odd things.
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Yes. I definitely agree. Eddie was just as bad as Cheryl, maybe worse. Especially because he could have walked away from the plan anytime he wanted to or at least tried to talk her out of it, but he didn't. I think he saw dollar signs flashing before his eyes, just like the wife did. It's such a shame that a couple that were loved by so many people had to meet such a tragic end!
I agree. Of course any murder or death (especially before someone's "time") is tragic, but especially when it was so pointless and avoidable like this.

They were probably about 55 or so back in 1991, and I realized had this not happened, they could've STILL been operating that store today! Maybe reduced to part time or with additional help, but still. When I first watched the segment Stack's line about "They were such a fixture, everyone assumed they'd be there forever" really stuck with me. The Harveys seemed like the picture of small town friendliness.



P.S. I wonder if Cheryl was involved with drugs and no one else (except the Harveys) knew about it? That would explain how they initlally stuck by her in the segment interviews.
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Yes. I definitely agree. Eddie was just as bad as Cheryl, maybe worse. Especially because he could have walked away from the plan anytime he wanted to or at least tried to talk her out of it, but he didn't. I think he saw dollar signs flashing before his eyes, just like the wife did. It's such a shame that a couple that were loved by so many people had to meet such a tragic end!
I agree as well. I mean Eddie had the gun. He had the power, if he refused I believe that would have been that. The crime wouldn't have happend. He went ahead with it and was just or even more as guilty.
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Does anyone ever know what punishment she received? The update ends by saying she could receive the death penalty.
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I did a search on the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections website. "Cheryl Lee Holland" is listed as having been sentenced on 2/26/1992 and eligible for parole on 6/11/2020. I also found a snippet through Google that said she pled guilty to two counts (I assume murder).

Likely, she avoided the death penalty and instead received life with a chance of parole after a predetermined amount of time (maybe 30 years, or possibly longer, but with the stipulation that her parole hearing would be moved up if she were model prisoner).
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I did a search on the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections website. "Cheryl Lee Holland" is listed as having been sentenced on 2/26/1992 and eligible for parole on 6/11/2020. I also found a snippet through Google that said she pled guilty to two counts (I assume murder).

Likely, she avoided the death penalty and instead received life with a chance of parole after a predetermined amount of time (maybe 30 years, or possibly longer, but with the stipulation that her parole hearing would be moved up if she were model prisoner).
I searched the Tennessee Dept. of Corrections myself. I found that Eddie Wooten is eligible for parole beginning the year before Cheryl.
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Where did the "Cheryl had a drug problem" stuff come from? I missed that.
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The drug angle sounds to be entirely speculative. I've heard nothing of the sort. It just seems like too plausible an excuse to not consider.

I don't care why she did it. She deserved a far harsher consideration than she received. And, on top of it all, her uncle said that all would be forgiven if she just came home. Talk about turning the other cheek. She doesn't deserve that family. There have been discussions in the past as to who we'd like to meet from UM segments. The Holland family really comes to mind when recalling the uncle's comments.
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It's also possible that Chery Holland was a sociopath. Maybe this need for money just brought that mentality out of her.
There's no maybe here : definitely psychopath.

The couple was executed and Cheryl Holland manipulated her husband to do the trick for her. He is guilty, yes, but Cheryl was the mastermind and had neither remorse nor even loyalty, as she left her husband and her children afterwards for a fling.

When you coldly kill love ones in the way for a cold-blooded reason, here money, with no remorse, without any provocation or circumstances making it a crime of passion, it is clear that she was a psychopath, and her husband at least someone with an abherrent, yet co-dependent personality.
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I've never heard anything official about a drug angle, but I can believe Cheryl Holland had severe drug problems for the simple reason that she looked a LOT older than she really was! I was shocked when they said she was only 27 years old since the pictures they showed made her look like she was in her fourties.
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This case reminds me of the old fable about the goose that layed the golden eggs. For those unfamiliar with the tale, this is it in a nutshell. A man has a goose that lays him one golden egg a day. The man starts thinking about all the riches he could have if he could get all the eggs he could rather than ust one that the goose was laying per day. Greed takes over and he decides to cut the goose open to get all the golden eggs inside of her. He kills her, cuts her open but to his dismay she's just a regular goose. Now poor guy hasno more goose and therefore no more golden eggs. Moral: Greed really doesn't pay.

I think that's the case here. Rather than keep getting the few bucks from her aunt and uncle, she decided to just have them killed and get all the money they had. I don't think she and her birdbrain boyfriend ever found the rest of their money and in the end, all they got was a one way ticket to prison!
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I've never heard anything official about a drug angle, but I can believe Cheryl Holland had severe drug problems for the simple reason that she looked a LOT older than she really was! I was shocked when they said she was only 27 years old since the pictures they showed made her look like she was in her fourties.
Heck, she did. Drugs and alcohol or just hard living seem to age people fastest. That's one of those times where the real person and the actor looked nothing alike. When I was 12-13 I sorta crushed on the girl portraying her, and when I saw what the real Cheryl looked like I was taken aback, lol.

On a completely serious note, I wonder what made her suddenly snap. No matter how broke or stressed she was, chances are she didn't become a sociopathic murderer overnight. It seems plausible she would've been on drugs to be not thinking clearly at the time.

In the reenactment, she tells Eddie "Do you think they're just gonna hand over the money?" Even when I first saw it, I was thinking Why wouldn't they? At least ask! The segment also said how close the Harveys were to Cheryl, I wonder if perhaps they didn't like Eddie, and that put some strain on the relationship?
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Yes, Eddie is eligible for parole in 2019, Cheryl in 2020. However under the laws they were sentenced under (which have since been changed) their parole date gets closer and closer with good time credit. Eddie is now 49 years old, having been born on October 27th, 1960. He is currently in the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City, Tennessee. His parole eligibility date is January 15th, 2019.
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