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About the Author
Jeff Prugh reported for the Los Angeles Times for 21 years, including six years as the
newspaper's Atlanta bureau chief, writing about the American South. He also served as
executive editor of the Glendale News-Press and as editorial page editor for the Marin
Independent Journal, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has authored or
co-authored three books including "The List" (with Chet Dettlinger), as well as biographies
of John Wooden and Herschel Walker. He served as consultant to ABC News, Dateline NBC
and Court TV, and was Bankhead Visiting Lecturer at the University of Alabama Department
of History. He served in the 3 U.S. Army Reserve support unit of the Armed Forces Radio
Service in Holly wood. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jeff
Prugh died in August 2009 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This is one of the most compelling, but least known, true stories of our
time. It's about our police, courts, press and power politics - how they
sometimes use each other and abuse the people's trust. It's also a story of
two Americans, one black, one white - sons of the racially segregated
Deep South. These two men would remain essentially strangers, save a
solitary meeting. But in their separate lives they shared an unshakable
ethical and social conscience for which they each, in separate ways, paid
an excruciating price.
Roosevelt Tatum would, behind the scenes, discretely implicate two
policemen in the double bombing of the home of Martin Luther King Jr.'s
brother, the Rev. A.D. King. Dan Moore would allege corruption within
the federal court and the alll-white grand jury that would accuse Tatum of
lying, the one count indictment returned in Birmingham on the very day
that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech
before hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C.
Here, then, is a saga that puts heat on our judicial and political systems, as well as our news media, while shedding fresh, disturbing light on how
these institutions too often fail us. Here, too is a story of inspiration, of two Americans who stand tall for principle, only to lose everything except
the admiration of their families and their own self-respect, and of the remarkable newspaperman who couldn't let the story go.