Keith Thomson: Famed Alabama Civil Rights Attorney Releases KKK Hate Mail
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
During his 1976 prosecution of Klansman Robert Chambliss in the Alabama church bombing case, the mail for (then) Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley included little in the way of praise. The norm was racist rants, personal insults and death threats. Unfazed, Baxley placed them in a file he labeled "Kooks and Nuts" and has now released to me.
He'd shared just one of the letters in the past -- and it went viral: in February 1976 Edward Fields, Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, sent a vitriol-laced note that accused Baxley of reopening the 1963 case solely to further his political career. The message was unique only in that it sought a response. On official state letterhead, Baxley dutifully obliged, as follows:
In fact, Baxley launched his probe into Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which killed four girls, after discovering -- to his dismay -- that FBI investigators had never acted on their belief that "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss a
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