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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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Pain and Anguish

Pain and Anguish

(p.316) Chapter Fourteen Pain and Anguish
The Informant

Gary May

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the transformation of Gary Thomas Rowe from undercover agent and star witness into FBI critic hiding behind a hood, which surprised the Liuzzo family. In 1965, they admired Rowe, the man who risked his life identifying the killers and then testifying against them in three trials. Hoover despised King and the civil rights movement, but the records do not reveal a conscious effort to destroy Viola Liuzzo's reputation. Life for the Liuzzo lawyers was a series of continuing crises. The government also scrutinized the life of Viola Liuzzo, hoping to find, in her psychological history evidence to prove that she had been responsible for her own death. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Abraham Elson, was subpoenaed and required to bring Liuzzo's files to the deposition.

Keywords:   Gary Thomas Rowe, Liuzzo family, undercover agent, Hoover, civil rights movement

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