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Dark Soul of the South: The Life and Crimes of Racist Killer Joseph Paul Franklinby Mel Ayton
Synopses & Reviews
Believing himself to be on a "God-given mission," Joseph Paul Franklin was the only racially motivated serial killer ever pursued by the Justice Department. Mel Ayton examines his murderous life, from his poverty-stricken youth in a backward Alabama suburb to his indoctrination by militant Nazis and southern racists to his eventual capture by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Aytons exhaustive report uncovers the truth behind Franklins three-year undertaking to murder Jews and African Americans.
White supremacist Franklin was, by his own admission, an outlaw, a racist, and weird. As a neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klansman, he violently enforced his views by embarking on a "lone hunter" mission to kill. He saw African Americans and Jews as subhuman and knew no moral obstacle to racial violence, invoking the Bible to support his criminal acts. As Franklins 1977-80 killing spree was contemporaneous with other racially charged incidents that other Klansmen and neo-Nazis wrought throughout the United States, his story also exposes how hate organizations have made killers out of disaffected and bitter young men.
In this first full-length book about Franklin, Ayton reveals a shocking and unsavory side of American society.
About the Author
Mel Ayton has written numerous books and articles, including A Racial Crime, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassin, and The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F Kennedy (Potomac Books, 2007). Ayton has appeared in documentaries produced by the National Geographic Channel (CIA Secret Experiments, 2008) and the Discovery Channel (CIA Mind Control, 2006; Conspiracy Test: The Robert Kennedy Assassination, 2008) and has worked as a historical consultant for the BBC. He lives in County Durham, England.
Table of Contents
The shooting of Vernon Jordan — The early years — Longing to belong — Targeting Jews — Stalking MRCs — Lawrenceville, Georgia — MRCs redux — The Triangle murders — The Salt Lake City murders — Manhunt — Denials and confessions — The stabbing — Going after Franklin — Coming clean — Justice in Cincinnati — Injustice in West Virginia — Franklin's demons — Death row — Looking back.
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