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Item #79677 The Murders of Mer Rouge, 1923. John Rogers.
The Murders of Mer Rouge, 1923.

The Murders of Mer Rouge, 1923.

Two Victims of the Louisiana Klan Rogers, John. The Murders of Mer Rouge. St. Louis: Security Publishing Co., 1923. 64 pp. Illustrated. Stapled pamphlet in stiff printed wrappers. Moderate toning, small tear to pp. 61-62 affecting text without loss, ink owner signature (of Edgar [illegible]) to title page. $250. * Only edition. After its revival in 1915, the Ku Klux Klan quickly gained power in Louisiana and effectively controlled the northern half of the state by 1922. Filmore Watt Daniel and Thomas F. Richard, both white men, were residents of Mer Rouge and vocal critics of the Klan chapter in nearby Bastrop. On August 24th, 1922, they and three other men were forced from their cars at gunpoint. Daniel and Richard were tortured and killed and Daniel's body was surgically castrated. Their bodies were discovered months later in Lake Lafourche. According to a 1926 report, they were the 47th and 48th victims in a total of 61 lynchings carried out in the United States that year. The Klan's control of Morehouse Parish and infiltration of its legal institutions was so complete that the murder case was dismissed on insufficient evidence despite significant forensic evidence and witness testimony. Written by a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this pamphlet documents his investigation of the murder and its aftermath. It also refutes accusations made by Klan sympathizers that the story was a "frameup" to discredit the organization. OCLC locates 13 copies of this title, 2 in law libraries (Library of Congress, Trial Court Law Library Worcester).

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