Don't F With Athalia's Dogs

53m | May 8, 2023

Athalia Ponsell Lindsley was a well-known American model, Broadway dancer, and political activist who also appeared on the television show Winner Take All. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, to a wealthy family and spent a significant portion of her life in New York City.

Lindsley made an unsuccessful bid for state senator and planned to run for a seat on the St. Johns County, Florida Commission. During a county meeting in October 1973, she mentioned that her life had been threatened.

On January 23, 1974, Lindsley was attacked on the front steps of her home by a white middle-aged male wearing a white dress shirt and dark dress pants. She was struck nine times with a machete and nearly decapitated. The perpetrator was never identified, and Stanford, who was indicted, was acquitted after a two-hour jury deliberation. Critics have accused the police of botching the investigation and tainting evidence. Her murder occurred four months after she married James "Jinx" Lindsley, a former mayor of St. Augustine and successful real estate agent.

The murder remains unsolved to this day. Lindsley had an ongoing feud with her neighbor Alan Griffin Stanford Jr. regarding the six stray dogs she took in that barked incessantly.

Resources & Links

HWTC Content

● Website:

● Instagram:

● Facebook:

● YouTube:

● TikTok:

Support this podcast at —

Advertising Inquiries:

Privacy & Opt-Out:
Housewives of True Crime