Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Vickie Pittman was the woman murdered in Escambia County near the time of Ronda Morrison’s murder. Born to a poor, white, rural family, Vickie was beloved by her aunts, Onzelle and Mozelle. Due to her background, Vickie’s murder received less attention that Ronda’s. Ralph Myers and Karen Kelly were both arrested and imprisoned for involvement in Vickie’s murder. However, during Stevenson’s investigations, he came to suspect local law enforcement and Vickie’s father, Vic Pittman. Within the book, the truth of her murder is never uncovered.

Vickie Pittman Quotes in Just Mercy

The Just Mercy quotes below are all either spoken by Vickie Pittman or refer to Vickie Pittman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

They treated us like we were low-class white trash. They could not have cared less about us. […] I thought they treated victims better. I thought we had some say.

Page Number: 140
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Vickie Pittman Character Timeline in Just Mercy

The timeline below shows where the character Vickie Pittman appears in Just Mercy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Mockingbird Players
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...Ralph and Karen are now suspects in the murder of another woman from Escambia County, Vickie Pittman. Stephenson describes Myers as a psychologically troubled, attention-seeking white man with a criminal record... (full context)
Chapter 7: Justice Denied
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...false testimony and they encouraged him to “make it right.” Myers explains his role in Vickie Pittman’s murder, his forced testimony against Walter and his placement on death row as retaliation... (full context)
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...Michael discuss the corruption Myers described, including his accusation that a local sheriff organized the Pittman murder in reaction to “drug debts and threats she had made to expose corruption.” They... (full context)
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To learn more about the Pittman murder, Stevenson and Michael arrange to meet with Vickie Pittman’s twin aunts, Onzelle and Mozelle.... (full context)
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...Onzelle. They tell Stevenson that he is the first person to visit them to discuss Vickie’s murder, and Stevenson assures them he will do his best to uncover more information. (full context)
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...different sources, including from the mental institution where Myers was admitted, the ABI, and the Pittman murder files from Escambia County. Seeing repeated mentions of the same officials connected to the... (full context)