The Associated Press obtained the full case file only last week after a 2-year effort to get the information on this case through the Freedom of Information Act.
Newly released files from the lynching of two black couples more than 60 years ago contain a disturbing revelation: The FBI investigated suspicions that a three-term governor of Georgia sanctioned the murders to sway rural white voters during a tough election campaign.
According to this story, Governor Eugene Talmadge's re-election campaign had a violently racist tone back in 1946 and after a fight between a black sharecropper and a white farmer where the white farmer was injured, the governor allegedly offered immunity to anyone who took care of that negro.
On July 25, 1946, a white farmer posted the sharecropper's bail and took this man, his wife and another black couple in his car and was driving them as they were ambushed. All 4 passengers, Roger and Dorothy Malcom, and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, were tied to trees and then murdered in three volleys. One of the women shot to death was 7 months pregnant. The white man driving the car wasn't shot even once and claimed he didn't recognize even a single person in that mob.
Even if all of the unproven suspicions by FBI agents weren't true, the undisputed details of this case highlights why so many African Americans don't trust that law enforcement officials will be a source of justice.
Yet lately it is those who salivate over the idea of killing Mike Nifong and the alleged victim in that case who claim to be the victims now that being a white person accused of committing violence against a black person may actually result in criminal charges.
How unfair life has gotten for them since 1946.
No wonder these people say "Duke 88" as if these people are notorious criminals who must be destroyed rather than referring to them as Duke professors who used their free speech rights to publicly acknowledge that the fear of violence and the fear of injustice is real and needs to be addressed.
I came across a "Christian" forum where one man disgusted over this case wrote: "Just remember, we're the ones who own American industry, the economy and plenty of weapons."
Personally, I view this man and the many others like him as a far greater public threat than the "Duke 88."