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Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South


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“Without Mercy reads like a John Grisham thriller.”

---David R. Dow, author of The Autobiography of an Execution

On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in eighty-one  minutes in  Tattnall Prisons electric chair. The executions were a record for the state that still stands today. The new prison, built with funds from FDRs New Deal, as well as the fact that the men were tried and executed rather than lynched were thought to be a sign of progress. They were anything but. While those men were arrested, convicted, sentenced, and executed in as little as six weeks---E. D. Rivers, the governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers and criminals, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to infiltrate his administration, and bankrupted the state. Race and wealth were all that determined whether or not a man lived or died. There was no progress. There was no justice.

David Beasleys Without Mercy is the harrowing true story of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the violent death throes of the Klan, but most of all it is the story of the stunning injustice of these executions and how they have seared distrust of the legal system into the consciousness of the Deep South, and it is a story that will forever be a testament to the death penaltys appalling inequality that continues to plague our nation

About the Author

DAVID BEASLEY is a former editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the co-author of Inside Coca-Cola. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Waiting to Die

Chapter 1: Thrill Killers

Chapter 2: The Great Titan

Chapter 3: Laid to Rest

Chapter 4: A Baby With No Name

Chapter 5: A Deadly Bug

Chapter 6: A Friend from the Klan

Chapter 7: ‘Lord, I am Dying

Chapter 8: A Strange and Violent Fall

Chapter 9: Eighty-one Minutes

Chapter 10: Millionaires in Prison

Chapter 11: A Bankrupt State

Chapter 12: The Price of Freedom

Chapter 13: The Long Way Up




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Beasley, David
St. Martin's Press
United States/State & Local/South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
United States - 20th Century
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