I’ve had a couple of Renegade South readers message me regarding Curtis Wilkie’s When Evil Lived in Laurel: The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer. I highly recommend this newly-released and powerful history of racism, murder, and the Ku Klux Klan in Jones County, Mississippi!
Note that the “courageous FBI informant” who helped expose the murderers of Vernon Dahmer was Tom Landrum, a descendant of one of the county’s strongest pro-Union families during the Civil War. For background histories on both Landrum and Dahmer, see Ed Payne, Landrums in Gray & Blue, (3 pts) and Yvonne Bivins and Wilmer Watts Backstrom, The Family Origins of Vernon Dahmer, both on this site.
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