By Gary May
In The Informant, historian Gary might finds the untold tale of the homicide of civil rights employee Viola Liuzzo, shot to loss of life via contributors of the violent Birmingham Ku Klux Klan on the finish of Martin Luther King’s old balloting Rights March in 1965. The case drew nationwide consciousness and was once solved virtually immediately, simply because one of many Klansman current through the capturing was once Gary Thomas Rowe, an undercover FBI informant. on the time, Rowe’s details and next testimony have been heralded as a triumph of legislations enforcement. yet as Gary may possibly finds during this provocative and strong ebook, Rowe’s heritage of collaboration with either the Klan and the FBI was once way more complex.
Based on formerly unexamined FBI and Justice division files, The Informant demonstrates that of their ongoing efforts to guard Rowe’s disguise, the FBI knowingly grew to become an adjunct to a few of the main gruesome crimes of the Civil Rights era--including a vicious assault at the Freedom Riders and even perhaps the bombing of the 16th highway Baptist Church.
A story of a renegade informant and an intelligence process ill-prepared to accommodate threats from inside of, The Informant bargains a dramatic and cautionary story approximately what can ensue while mystery police energy is going unchecked.