The Grey Matter

The local quartet plays rock, blues, and funk.

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I was still in highschool, Lane, in 1963 when Pat Akins was killed, but there was a lot of talk about what really happened to him (I was also in DeMolays with Pat but didn't know him all that well). If memory serves the Tidbit was owned and run by George Durham at that time and was rumored to be the site of an ongoing poker game which included several police (maybe Connie Durham). The rumors were that Pat's death was due to foul play involving the poker game crowd.
In the 1964-66 period while I was attending UVa, I worked summers in the UVa hospital's business/credit offices. One of my co-workers was "Major" Akins, Pat's father. Major Akins was convinced there was foul play and tried to get the case reopened, but I don't think he was successful. No one really believed that a guy as big as Pat could have been dragged 12 miles by a small sports car without him being really torn up.

I imagine everyone originally involved with the investigation is now dead or at least retired, but wouldn't this be a great cold case for television to reopen? I can probably find a lot of classmates that rembember more than I do about this.

I lived on Druid Ave. with Mr. Shifflett. He was a great neighbor and model citizen. I am glad that there is movement on his case. Even as a boy, his death was shocking and disturbing.

IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS AND THEY STILL HAVENT FOUND THE PERSO NWHO TOOK MY COUSINS LIFE. I PRAY TO GOD EVERYDAY THAT THEY COME FORWARD AND TURN THEIR SELFS IN THEY TOOK A PERSON LIFE THAT NEVER HARMED NO ONE NEVER MADE ANYONE DISLIKE HIM. MY COUSIN IS GONE IT HURTS EVERYDAY TO KNOW SOMEONE TOOK HIS LIFE AND WALKED AWAY HE HAS TWO LITTLE GIRLS AND A LITTLE BOY WHO EVER DID THIS THEY HURT THREE LITTLE KIDS KNOWING THAT THEIR FATHER IS GONE AND THEY WILL NEVER SEE HIS FACE AGAIN UNLESS ITS ON A PICTURE WHY WHY DID YOU TAKE HIS LIFE WHY DID YOU HURT PEOPLE THAT NEVER DID ANYTHING WRONG WHY THATS THE ONLY THING I WONDER MY COUSIN IS GONE THIS ISNT A GAME OR SOMETHING YOU CAN TAKE BACK THEY TOOK A LIFE THAT WAS MORE PRECIOUS THAN ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD MY HOMIE MY COUSIN MY FRIEND MY BROTHER HES GONE PLEASE DONT NEVER CLOSE THIS CASE FIND THE PERSON THAT KILLED MY COUSIN PLEASE A BEGG YOU.

We as a Family grieve daily and have all these years. Pat was a joy to all our lives and all that knew him. He was hard working, honest and frugal man. This theory by Barbara Nordin is plain wrong, Pat went to the gym to workout and get better at "walking on his hands" he signed up for a gymnastics class because that was where the Girls are. The investigation "joke" by the UVA was contaminated by their investigative incompetence from day one, even the FBI when asked to look into the case called it a murder case. The bottom line is this, Pat was Murdered on campus while trying to get and education he earned the hard way. The Campus "door shakers" Police where told by us from day one it was a murder case and they have never given Pat the equal protection under the law he is initialed to. Lastly, Virginia has yet another Murderer walking free still, that has gotten away with it. If Pat was a sweet faced little girl how long would we as a family have had to wait for justice?

Pat's loving brother and best friend Michael Collins