A Violent Temper
In 1953 he broke the jaw of one of his close friends, Jimmie Putnam.
A woman in the RBA Auxiliary said that Ferrell would call her
home and threaten her without identifying himself. She knew him
and recognized his voice.
Position of Power
Ferrell bragged about his involvement in the Phenix City rackets,
claiming that he was in charge of it all. With his position as
solicitor he had the power to prosecute or excuse anyone he wanted
to. Ferrell would advise Shepherd, Matthews and other gamblers
on numerous matters.
Following the primary election in May 1954, Ferrell and Attorney
General Si Garrett changed the numbers on a recapitulation sheet
provided by Lamar Reid, giving Albert Patterson's opponent Lee
Porter extra votes. In June Ferrell was indicted by the Jefferson
County grand jury on vote fraud. He was acquitted.
When Albert Patterson was murdered in Phenix City upon being named
the Democratic nominee for attorney general, Ferrell worked with
Chief Deputy Sheriff Albert Fuller to find the murderers. After
several weeks of no reported leads, the acting attorney general
Bernard Sykes removed Ferrell from the murder investigation. Eventually,
Solicitor Ferrell, Chief Deputy Sheriff Albert Fuller and Attorney
General Si Garrett were all indicted for the murder of Albert
Patterson. Fuller was convicted. Ferrell, who had been acquitted
of vote fraud in Jefferson County, was acquitted of murder in