Murder in Mississippi

John Safran

9780349134277

Published: 22/05/14

ISBN: 9780349134277

8.99

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An unlikely journalist, a Mississippi murder plagued by revelations, and a fascinating true-crime story of race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South – all told in the sharply original style of Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson.

In 2010, deep in Mississippi, a notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered by a young black man, Vincent McGee. At first the murder was accepted as a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But new revelations began to come to light: was it really a dispute over money? Or, more intriguingly, over sex?

John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian journalist, had spent an uneasy few days interviewing Barrett the previous year. Learning of Barrett’s death, Safran realises that this could be the story of a lifetime and, flying back to Mississippi, he immerses himself in the world of clashing white separatists, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbours, stunned families and the killer himself. The more he learns the less simple the crime appears to be. In the end, he discovers just how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone’s life – and death – can be.

Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story – haunting, hilarious and unsettling, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South.

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