Edward Seibold, Convicted of Three Murders in 1967, Denied Parole Again
Local law enforcement, the victim’s family and friends packed the hearing room at the Pardons and Paroles Building in Montgomery. Several testified pleading with the board to not release him. The board denied Edward Seibold’s parole and he will remain behind bars.
“You are the people who can protect us now. Only you and we are pleading with you to please take the whole situation under consideration and deny parole for him,” said Cathey Sinclair, Sister of Two of the Victims.
Cathey Sinclair escaped Seibold’s murderous attack and took the stand to ask the parole board not to free him.
Sinclair managed to get away, climbing out of a window while Seibold took the lives of her two sisters and one of their friends September 6, 1967.
Her mother, Juanita Sinclair, now 95, testified. She and Cathey’s sister Faye spoke about what they call their PTSD from that night.
“You start remembering and it was a horrible thing,” said Faye Sinclair, Sister of Two of the Victims.
Parole denied this time for Seibold.
This hearing comes up every five years, though, and Sinclair said that’s very difficult.
“If he ever got out, he would potentially continue on the mission he started 50 years ago. I can’t fathom him ever being there. I can’t fathom it,” said Sinclair.
The women surrounded by supporters from Auburn, including Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes who also took the stand and wrote a letter to the board urging them to keep Seibold behind bars.
“He seems almost proud of his actions. He speaks very freely about his actions, he shows no remorse, so at the end of the day, some people deserve to die in prison and he’s one of them,” said Hughes.
While others don’t know the family personally, they testified as a way to support the Sinclair family.
“This was such a horrible case and it was such a well-known case in Alabama. We were hoping that it would be a denial and it’s just very difficult for victims to come. They have to live this all over again,” said Janette Grantham, State Director of VOCAL, or Victims of Crime and Leniency.
Seibold will be up for parole again in 2022. He was not present at his hearing, nor did anyone show up or speak on his behalf.