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The InformantThe FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo$
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Gary May

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106350

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106350.001.0001

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Taking the Sun Away

Taking the Sun Away

(p.273) Chapter Twelve Taking the Sun Away
The Informant

Gary May

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines how there were no rewards for the Liuzzo family—no financial settlements, no moves to California or Florida, no chance to start life over. There was only shock and disbelief: first, the unbelievable news of Viola's violent death; and then, in the months that followed, the destruction of her character by the Klan and its attorneys. Sheri Clark claimed that he had asked for the report because he received a death threat a few hours after Liuzzo's murder from a man who identified himself as a Detroit Teamster. The local FBI field office was receiving so many complaints from both the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments that the special agent in charge, incapable of believing that Rowe was actually responsible for all the trouble, began an Impersonation Investigation until he was startled to learn that Rowe was causing it all.

Keywords:   Liuzzo family, financial settlements, Viola, violent death, Gary Thomas Rowe, FBI

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