Woman claims Atlanta coverup in Margaret Mitchell's death

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TEMPLE, Ga. -- On the 63rd anniversary of Margaret Mitchell's death, the daughter of the man convicted of hitting the celebrated author with his car and killing her is claiming a coverup.

Gloria Gravitt-Moulder, 72, is fighting to defend her father Hugh Gravitt, who died in 1994.

After the accident, Gravitt was arrested for drunken driving and released on bond, but was rearrested when Mitchell passed away. He served time in state prison after being convicted by an Atlanta jury.

"My daddy was no murderer and they think he is," Gravitt-Moulder said Thursday.

Gravitt-Moulder is not a writer, but has written a book on the subject entitled The Death of Margaret Mitchell: The Tragedy Behind . Gone With The Wind. The book is available on Amazon.

Gravitt-Moulder was 10 years old in August of 1949. She learned of the tragedy through a friend's mother in Forsyth County.

"I was playing with the neighbor kids and the mother calls me inside and told me my dad had killed a famous woman and they was going to electrocute him," she said.

The burden of the Gravitt name continued for years. In high school, Gravitt-Moulder and her sister became targets of teachers.

"We had problems at school, teachers talking about that drunk taxicab driver that killed Margaret Mitchell," Gravitt-Moulder said. "In fact, my sister got in trouble. She threatened to slap a teacher for it."

Gravitt-Moulder is now telling the story of her family and their difficult lives after the incident. Whenever the anniversary of Margaret Mitchell's death would approach, threatening phone calls would begin for her father.

"People who are fans of Gone with the Wind don't have a clue as to what the real story is," she said.

She has done a lot of research and even displays the Atlanta Police report from the incident, showing her father was not impaired by drink.

Gravitt-Moulder also produces a copy of the indictment that claimed her father was a "hit and run" driver, then displays a picture of the scene that shows her father standing over Mitchell's body with a crowd of onlookers. She also points toward sealed court documents that contain Mitchell's autopsy.

After the incident, Hugh Gravitt led a tortured life.

"I don't know why he stayed in Atlanta, but he did for years and years," Gravitt-Moulder said.

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