Dark Soul of the South: The Life and Crimes of Racist Killer Joseph Paul Franklin

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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. Ayton s exhaustive report uncovers the truth behind Franklin s 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 Franklin s 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."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTIONSearching For Answers
1626
ONE The Shooting of Vernon Jordan
1633
TWO The Early Years
1654
THREE Longing to Belong
1668
FOUR Targeting Jews
1684
FIVE Stalking MRCs
1697
SIX Lawrenceville Georgia
1713
SEVEN MRCs Redux
1727
THIRTEEN Going After Franklin
1832
FOURTEEN Coming Clean
1847
FIFTEEN Justice in Cincinnati
1867
SIXTEEN Injustice in West Virginia
1884
SEVENTEEN Franklins Demons
1902
EIGHTEEN Death Row
1927
EPILOGUELooking Back
1948
JOSEPH PAUL FRANKLINTimeline
1974

EIGHT The Triangle Murders
1742
NINE The Salt Lake City Murders
1759
TEN Manhunt
1775
ELEVEN Denials and Confessions
1793
TWELVE The Stabbing
1814
NOTES
1995
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2006
INDEX
2008
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
2038
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Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles including "A Racial Crime, James Earl Ray and the Murder of Martin Luther King, The Forgotten Terrorist", and "Dark Soul of South". Ayton has a master's degree in history from Durham University, is a former Fulbright Teacher, deputy headmaster, and college lecturer, and lives in County Durham, England. Ayton has appeared in documentaries produced by the National Geographic Channel, and the Disney Channel and has worked as a historical consultant for the BBC.

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