Unsolved Mysteries Wiki

Larry George

Real Name: Larry Donald George
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Murder, Attempted Murder
Missing Since: February 12, 1988


Details: At 8pm on the night of February 12, 1988, a friend dropped twenty-seven-year-old Geraldine George off at her apartment complex in Talladega, Alabama. She went to the apartment of her neighbor, Janice Morris, and picked up her children. Janice had agreed to watch them while Geraldine was at work. Geraldine sent them back to her apartment. She briefly talked to Janice and then walked back to her apartment. When she entered, she found her estranged husband, Larry, inside.
Larry was a former soldier who had been married to Geraldine for several years. That night, he broke a restraining order when he arrived at her apartment. They argued and he brandished a gun. She told their daughter to go upstairs, call her grandmother, and tell her that he was there. He followed her up and pulled the phone cord out of the jack.
Geraldine rushed next door to Janice's apartment. She told her to call the police because Larry had a gun. However, she was already on the phone with her mother and had trouble hearing what she was saying. She told her mother that she would call her back. However, before she was able to call the police, Larry appeared and shot her in the chest.

Larry then shot Geraldine while Janice's children watched in horror. Finally, he shot Janice's boyfriend, Ralph Swain, in the back and fled. According to a neighbor, Larry calmly walked away from the scene and disappeared. Police and paramedics soon arrived, and pronounced Janice dead at the scene. Ralph died in the hospital soon after. Geraldine survived but is paralyzed from the waist down.
The next day, Larry's car was found abandoned in the forest, six miles from the murder scene. He had tried to conceal it by placing branches on top of it. A campsite was found nearby. Also, investigators found his belongings in and around the car. It appeared that he had been living in it for several days prior to the murders. A notebook in it suggested that he had been stalking Geraldine for several weeks. The camouflage clothing that he was wearing that night was also recovered.
Sometime after the murders, Larry visited his sister in southern Alabama. He also spent some time in the Florida panhandle area, where he attended truck driving school. Some more of his belongings were found near some railroad tracks in Roanoke, Virginia. The last reported sighting of him was in Wilmington, Delaware in June 1990. He remains at large.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 3, 1993 episode. It was also featured on America's Most Wanted.

Larry after his 1994 arrest

Results: Captured. After this case was re-aired, a viewer spotted Larry fishing along the banks of the Christina River in Wilmington, Delaware. Three days later, two detectives went there undercover and began talking with him about fishing. When he went to show them his fishing poles, one identified himself as a police officer. At this point, a struggle ensued between them and Larry. They eventually threw him in the river, and as he tried to flee downstream, he was arrested.
When authorities went to investigate Larry's campsite, they found a makeshift bunker. It had a generator, heater, television, and stove. They also found several weapons including a spear gun and a sawed-off shotgun. This led them to believe that he would have resisted arrest under other circumstances. On April 27, 1994, he was extradited to Alabama to face murder and attempted murder charges. He was later convicted of both capital and attempted murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair. He remains on death row, awaiting execution. Sadly, Geraldine, who went by Geraldine Simmons Gaston after their divorce, passed away in 2020 at the age of 59.