Theft Charges Dropped in Hank Williams Notebook Case

Theft charges have been dropped against two people who gained possession of a notebook containing lyrics to 17 unrecorded songs written by Hank Williams. However, a civil suit is still pending to determine the ultimate ownership of the notebook containing lyrics written in the late 1940s. The charges were filed against memorabilia collector Stephen M. Shutts and janitor Francine Boykin after Boykin said she found the notebook in a box of trash taken from Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s office in Nashville. She and her husband sold the box, which also contained items from Conway Twitty and Roy Orbison, to Shutts for $1,500 in 2006. A Nashville judge ruled Thursday (March 15) that there was inadequate evidence to support the theft charges. The value of the notebook has been estimated to be as much as $250,000.