Down a dirt road, toward the back of an overgrown lawn strewn with children’s toys and garbage, a warning sign once hung above the doorframe of a mobile home.
“Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out,” read the message, accompanied by an illustration of a handgun.
Three years ago, this trailer captured the interest of reporters and locals alike in Red Bank, a small community 15 miles west of Columbia. Visitors clogged the dead-end road, vying for a peek of the home where Timothy Ray Jones Jr. lived. Stunned onlookers wondered what could have driven him to kill his five kids, as authorities alleged.
The murder case against Jones, 35, has since inched forward with little action or fanfare following his arrest that made national headlines in 2014. And now, with his death penalty trial tentatively scheduled for February, residents of the Lexington County community that mourned the Jones children say the public has all but forgotten about the case and the five youngsters.
After the news trucks packed up, people seemed to move on “almost immediately,”