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The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo

Gary May


This book reveals the untold story of the murder of Civil Rights worker Viola Liuzzo, shot to death by members of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan at the end of Martin Luther King's historic Voting Rights March in 1965. The case drew national attention and was solved almost instantly because one of the Klansman present during the shooting was Gary Thomas Rowe, an undercover FBI informant. At the time, Rowe's information and subsequent testimony were heralded as a triumph of law enforcement, but his history of collaboration with both the Klan and the FBI was far more complex. Based on previo ... More

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan, Viola Liuzzo, Gary Thomas Rowe, FBI, Justice Department, Civil Rights era, secret police, law enforcement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106350
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary May, author