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01/05/2021 | Episode 28 | 52:06

Welcome to Florida: America's most evil sheriff: Lake County's Willis McCall

America's most evil sheriff: Lake County's Willis McCall

This week's guest is Gilbert King, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America," which featured a depiction of one of the most evil sheriffs in Ameircan history, Willis McCall. McCall also features in King's most recent book, "Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race and Justice Lost and Found," another harrowing Florida account.

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Tammy Huffman Mcpeters
05. 01 2021, 11:19:5252
My father James Huffman is in the book Justice Gone Wrong, my father was murdered by a hit that was put on on him by this pos racist bastard! Because my father testified against him in court for beating Vickers a black man in the jail and for the beatings he seen of other black men
Lauretta Ali
05. 01 2021, 10:38:5757
I am reading both of his books now. Both are page turners. As a resident of Mascotte, FL there are things that are most clear to me now. As an African American Muslim woman in America, I now fully understand the dynamics that occur here. Gilbert King's books are chilling but most needed.

About the host

Craig Pittman is the award-winning author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, The Scent of Scandal, Cat Tale, Manatee Insanity and The State You’re In, and co-author of Paving Paradise. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. His next book will be titled The State You’re In.


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