Cobb man found dead in carport; Police say death indicates ‘foul play’
by Jon Gillooly
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 Cobb Police officers and the K-9 unit investigate a home Monday on Paul Samuel Road in Kennesaw after the owner, Frank William Davidson, was found dead under the carport. Police say they suspect foul play in his death.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Cobb Police officers and the K-9 unit investigate a home Monday on Paul Samuel Road in Kennesaw after the owner, Frank William Davidson, was found dead under the carport. Police say they suspect foul play in his death.
Staff/Laura Moon
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Cobb Police officers and the K-9 unit investigate a home Monday on Paul Samuel Road in Kennesaw after the owner, Frank William Davidson, was found dead under the carport. Police say they suspect foul play in his death.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Cobb Police officers and the K-9 unit investigate a home Monday on Paul Samuel Road in Kennesaw after the owner, Frank William Davidson, was found dead under the carport. Police say they suspect foul play in his death.
Staff/Laura Moon
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Cobb Police probe the carport area of the home where Davidson’s body was found.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Cobb Police probe the carport area of the home where Davidson’s body was found.
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 A vehicle is removed from a home on Paul Samuel Road as Cobb Police investigate the Kennesaw home on Monday afternoon. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
 A vehicle is removed from a home on Paul Samuel Road as Cobb Police investigate the Kennesaw home on Monday afternoon.
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Cobb County Police Officer S. Rickerson leads K-9 dog Aries around the home. Cobb Police received a call at 7:45 a.m. and discovered a white male victim in the driveway.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Cobb County Police Officer S. Rickerson leads K-9 dog Aries around the home. Cobb Police received a call at 7:45 a.m. and discovered a white male victim in the driveway.
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Police are investigating the killing of 52-year-old Frank William Davidson of Kennesaw, who was found dead under the carport of his home on Monday morning.

Cobb Police Sergeant Dana Pierce said Davidson’s death indicates “foul play,” although detectives have declined to say more at this point in the investigation.

Officers were dispatched to the one-story brick home at 3591 Paul Samuel Road at 7:45 a.m. Monday.

Investigators spent Monday combing over the west Cobb property, which is not far from the upscale Marietta Country Club. At one point they hauled away a car, covering the vehicle’s windows with a tarp.

Rick Champion of Acworth rents out a house down the street from where Davidson was found.

He said Davidson, whom he calls “Frankie,” has lived in the house for as long has he can remember.

“He’s been there all of his life, I think,” Champion said.

Champion said the brick house at 3591 is owned by Davidson’s mother, and that Davidson owns the house next door at 3597, which he rented out.

“His wife called me about a month or a month and a half ago and was asking me about renting for some family members of hers about renting my house,” Champion said. “And she said that they had moved into the mother’s house and they had his house rented out.”

Champion said last he heard, Davidson worked for Lockheed, although he hadn’t spoken to him in years.

He said he was surprised to hear of the death.

“It’s a real nice area,” Champion said. “The only thing I’ve ever known of that’s happened has happened in one of those two houses. I’ve never heard of anything else.”

Champion said years ago Davidson’s former wife was killed in the 3597 house.

“She was slain, but they caught the guy that was doing that,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, but they found her in the basement of the house. There was a guy charged for it, though.”

Champion said he has no idea how Davidson ended up dead.

“He was real easy to get along with. I don’t know,” he said.

A search of court records reveals that in 2004, John Phillip Gingrey filed a complaint for damages in Cobb Superior Court against Davidson for allegedly crashing his 1985 Ford pickup truck into Gingrey’s vehicle on Tower Road near the intersection of Roselane Street. The complaint alleges that Davidson was under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended/revoked license when he collided with Gingrey’s vehicle.

A few doors down from the house is The Preserve at Creekside, where homes are advertised in the $300,000s.

Resident Mark Williams, who has lived in the subdivision for the last four and a half years with his wife, said he was showering Monday morning when his wife told him she heard sirens going off down the road.

“We didn’t go check it,” he said. “That would have been 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., somewhere through there. So we went out to lunch right at noon, and that’s when we saw all the police cars. Don’t know what happened. We didn’t hear any gunfire or any tires screeching. Any noise of any kind. We were here last night.”

Williams described the area as “very quite, peaceful, no issues. Never had any trouble in the area. Two doors down from me we’ve got a city of Kennesaw police officer who lives here. Very safe.”

That a suspicious death occurred just down the road from him, he said, is “very disturbing, extremely surprising and very disturbing. This part of Cobb County is safe anyway. We’re near Kennesaw, which is safe. Honestly, Kennesaw’s got the pro gun laws, which people tend to stay away if there’s any trouble as opposed to being in, and it’s shocking if there’s really a murder there.”

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 770-499-3945.
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Curious Also
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April 29, 2013
If the pro-gun laws in Kennesaw make it SO safe, why have two people been shot on that same street?
curious 2
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April 24, 2013
Anything new on this crime? I live nearby and it would be good to know if the neighborhood should be concerned if there4 is a killer lurking around out there. There has been nothing in the news about this for days now.
Just Wait
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April 23, 2013
Was there so little information available for this article that you had to travel the neighborhoods to find totally uninvolved people to interview? Come on MDJ, you can do better that this.
CobbGirl
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April 29, 2013
I really don't think that they can do better than this.
anonymous
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April 23, 2013
Now there have been two "slayings" there, so something screwy is going on.

One in the basement, one in the carport. Hmmmm...a real murder mystery?
aworriedmother
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April 25, 2013
The one in the basement was his wife and that was in his house next door. But I totally agree that there is some bad luck or something going on with that property. I live less than a mile down the road and pass by the house every day. I wish that they would give us some information on this. I am worried to let my children play outside.
none of your busines
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May 20, 2013
The two murders had nothing to do with each other. Mothers I do not think you need to worry about your children, they were not after your children. Whoever murder Frankie was after Frankie and only him. The paper should have gone and interviewed friends, not neighbors who know nothing about what time of person Frankie was. The paper should get their info correct before they print their stories.

Be Cafeful
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April 23, 2013
Hello MDJ,

This is the second article in today's edition that indicates a location is "in Kennesaw".

This road is NOT in Kennesaw.

It is in unincorporated Cobb County.

Please do a little research before you go to print.
MDJ Digital Editor
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April 23, 2013
Paul Samuel Rd NW

Kennesaw, GA 30152

The zip code is 30152, which according to the US post office is a Kennesaw address. It is not in the city limits of Kennesaw, but the address is accurate according to our standards.

Thank you for your input.
Kennesaw 30152
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April 23, 2013
I live around the corner from this. It IS Kennesaw. It's not within the city limits of Kennesaw, but it's definitely still a Kennesaw address. More importantly, why does it matter?
Kennesaw resident
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April 24, 2013
Dear "Be Cafeful",

YOU do some research before responding.

Thanks MDJ editor for responding to his ridiculous post.
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