Murder in McComb : the Tina Andrews case / Trent Brown.

Brown, Trent, 1965- author.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2020]
x, 305 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Andrews, Tina, 1957-1969.
Murder -- Mississippi -- McComb -- Case studies.
Trials (Murder) -- Mississippi -- McComb -- Case studies.
Poor girls -- Mississippi -- McComb -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Police corruption -- Mississippi -- McComb -- Case studies.
McComb (Miss.) -- History -- 20th century.
Police corruption.
Trials (Murder).
Mississippi -- McComb.
Case studies.
"On August 13, 1969, two men picked up Tina Marie Andrews, a twelve-year-old girl, in downtown McComb, Mississippi, a city with a notorious history of racial violence. The men took Andrews and a friend just outside town to an oil field, where they shot her. Andrews' friend escaped and later identified the two killers as McComb police officers. A grand jury indicted both for the murder, but no one was ever convicted of the crime: one officer was acquitted; the other had charges against him dropped. Other than in contemporary local newspaper coverage, the story of Andrews' murder has not been told. Indeed, to this day, many people in the community hesitate to speak of the matter. Trent Brown's 'Murder in McComb' is the first comprehensive examination of the crime, the lengthy investigation into it, and the two extended trials that followed. Brown also explores the public shaming of the state's main witness - a fifteen-year-old unwed mother - and the subsequent desecration of the victim's grave. His study deftly reconstructs various accounts of the murder, explains why the juries reached the verdicts they did, and explores the broader forces that shaped the community in which Tina Andrews lived and died. One of the features that distinguishes Brown's work from other accounts of civil rights era violence is the fact that the murder of Tina Andrews was not a racially motivated killing. Everyone involved in this story was white. However, Tina Andrews and her friend Billie Jo Lambert, the state's main witness, were 'girls of ill repute,' as one of the defense attorneys put it. To some people in McComb, they were trashy children of undistinguished families who got little more than they deserved. In the end, Brown suggests that Tina Andrews had the great misfortune to be murdered in a town where local people were eager to support law and order and stability after the challenges of the civil rights movement"-- Provided by publisher.
Introduction: the road to the oil field: August 13, 1969, and the killing ofTina Andrews
"The Camellia City of America": managing life in McComb, Mississippi
"The weirdest angles I've encountered": investigating the murder of Tina Andrews
Joe Pigott receives a call: two indictments and initial preparations for a trial
The summer of 1971: developments on the eve of the trial
The State of Mississippi v. Richard McIntosh: opening salvos
"A girl of ill repute": Billie Jo Lambert Testifies
The State of Mississippi v. Richard McIntosh: the defense makes its case
The State of Mississippi v. Richard McIntosh: the 1972 trial
After the trials: the fates of people and the city
Searching for Tina Andrews: conversations and rumors, but no smoking guns
Conclusion: what happened to Tina Andrews?
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Online version: Brown, Trent, 1965- Murder in McComb