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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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A Slight Case of Murder

A Slight Case of Murder

(p.211) Chapter Nine A Slight Case of Murder
The Informant

Gary May

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that Clifford McMurphee was bothered for most of the trial. The juror, a forty-eight-year-old farmer partial to red hunting jackets and plaid sport shirts, had listened to expert after expert testify about guns, bullets, and shell casings, but neither the prosecutors nor the defense attorney had bothered to ask what, to him, was a critical question. Prosecutors Perdue and Gantt had also been concerned about this weakness in their case and later admitted that they thought that Gary Thomas Rowe should have been indicted along with the three Klansmen. Lowndes County justice proceeded as usual, oblivious to the criticism of outsiders. In fact, the more the national media attacked southern customs, the more its citizens embraced them.

Keywords:   Clifford McMurphee, trial, juror, prosecutors, Klansmen, Lowndes County

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