A Million Dollar Murder
A Nephew Moves In
Candy Mossler had a soft spot for hard cases.
She once sat on a county grand jury that indicted a man named Howard Stickney for a double murder. After he was tried, convicted and sentenced to die, Candy founded a defense fund on his behalf, convincing her wealthy opera guild friends that capital punishment was immoral.
In 1956, her brother DeWitt Weatherby was sent away to prison for life in
In 1961, Candy Mossler took another hard case. His name was Melvin Lane Powers, son of her older sister, Elizabeth Weatherby Powers. Mel was a striking physical specimen. He stood about 6-foot-4 and had the build of a linebacker. He sported coal-colored hair and had the facial features of a movie star - pouting lips, bedroom eyes, high cheekbones and a solid jaw. He had one blemish: disfiguring acne.
Powers was just 20 years old in 1961, but he could have passed for 35. He dressed in jacket and tie and had the easy repartee of a salesman. Powers had sold magazine subscriptions door to door in the southeast after high school, then moved to
Candy urged her husband to hire Mel at one of his