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From midnight to guntown [electronic resource] : true crime stories from a federal prosecutor in Mississippi / John Hailman.

Author/Creator:
Hailman, John.
Publication:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (449 p.)
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Subjects:
Crime -- Mississippi -- History.
Criminals -- Mississippi -- History.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
"As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous to the needlessly tragic. In addition to bank robbers--generally the dumbest criminals--Hailman describes scam artists, hit men, protected witnesses, colorful informants, corrupt officials, bad guys with funny nicknames, over-the-top investigators, and those defendants who had a certain roguish charm. Several of his defendants and victims have since had whole books written about them: Dickie Scruggs, Emmett Till, Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort, and Paddy Mitchell, leader of the most successful bank robbery gang of the twentieth century. But Hailman delivers the inside story no one else can. He also recounts his scary experiences after 9/11 when he prosecuted terrorism cases"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Preface; Common Law Enforcement Abbreviations and Acronyms; Prologue: The Making of a Career Prosecutor; Courtroom Rat in Paris and London; New Orleans; Law Clerk; Life with a Federal Judge; Georgetown Law School; Senator Stennis; Washington Lawyer; 1. Bank Robbers I've Known; My Favorite Crime; Peacelover Shabazz: The Nation of Islam Comes to Greenville; Sorry about That Bum Rap, Johnny Paul; A Running Robber: George of the Swamp; A Teller's Life Is Saved by Robber Incompetence; No Further Questions in Mound Bayou; A Preacher in a Volvo Robs an Oxford Bank
Full-Service BankersAt Last a Professional: Presidential Mask Bank Robber Caught in Our District; Try It Again, Frank; Thunder Eagle Ghost Dancer Launders His Loot; A Stuttering Bank Robber; Another Aberdeen Soap Opera and a Pair of Girbaud Jeans; You Busy This Weekend?; Would You Like Biscuits with That?; The Honey Bun Bandit; 2. Corruption in Positions of Trust: Lawyers, Judges, Supervisors, Sheriffs; Introduction; Federal versus State Prosecution; Harvey Hamilton: The Old Peg-Legged Sheriff Meets RICO
Jury Tampering 101: A Sheriff Solicits Help from U.S. Senator James O. "Big Jim" Eastland"Will Renfro, You Can't Hit an FBI Man!"; John Grisham Sr. and the Wobbly Wagon; Operation Pretense: We Become "Mississippi's Untouchables"; Courtroom Observers Attend the Trial of a Black Supervisor; Opposing Former Chief Judge J. P. Coleman before His Own Court; The Chicken House Caper; "It's Hard to Tell the Truth When There's So Much Truth to Tell"; A Delta Lawyer; A Little Bitta Justice; The Mississippi Beef Plant Fiasco: Slaughterhouse for Taxpayers
Dickie Scruggs: The Dark Side of Robin Hood Is Revealed When His Merry Men Sue for a Bigger Share of the Loot3. Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs; Introduction; A High Sheriff Goes Wild; Burning Crosses in the Night; Stopping the Arsons of Black Churches; The Other Jake Gibbs; Lanny "Junior" Cummings, Mesomorph; Getting the Blues on Parchman Farm; Coldest Case of All: Reopening the Murder of Emmett Till and What We Learned; 4. Killers and Wannabes; Introduction; The Shooting of Senator John Stennis; The Ku Klux Klan Tries to Murder Charles Evers, Brother of Medgar
The Lampkin Brothers: I'm Assaulted in Chambers"Riverboat" Gaines; Jerry and Terry, the Hit Man Twins; Mississippian Jeff Fort Becomes the Angel of Fear, Leader of the El Rukns, Chicago's Most Dangerous Gang since Al Capone; The Shaw Boys Contract to Have a Judge Killed; Protected Witnesses: Marion Albert "Mad Dog" Pruett; Linda Leedom and the Chinese Wall; Killing the Killer of Sheriff Harold Ray Presley; The Tohills of Beaumont; Murder by Moonlight: The Natchez Trace Sniper; 5. Faraway Places with Strange-Sounding Names: The Age of Terror; Introduction
Alice El-Sarji: "Not without My Daughters," an International Parental Kidnapping
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-62103-953-6
OCLC:
821560870