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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:02AM

Richardson returns to warm welcome in Arcadia

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Seven dead children of James and Annie Mae Richardson are buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery: James Jr., 2; Diane, 3; Venessa, 4; Dorene, 5; Susie Mae, 6; Alice, 7: and Betty, 8.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
Dr. Sharon Goodman welcomes James Richardson back to Arcadia. She also gave him a plaque representing the keys to the city.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com
James Richardson, right, talks with Charles Flowers, who co-authored an expose on Richardson's case for the Miami Herald. Richardson came back to visit Arcadia after many years and was greeted warmly at a service at Mt. Zion AME Church.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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James Joseph Richardson returned to Arcadia Sunday, exactly 46 years after the death of his seven children.

The last time he was in Arcadia, he was followed by hordes of reporters and onlookers. He had only recently been released after spending more than 20 years in state prison — four of them on death row. When he was finally released from custody at the DeSoto County Jail, controversy still swirled around his case.

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