Reporters: The Klansmcm's Secret

"If you publish that," the sallow-faced little man told the New York Times reporter, "I'll come and get you and I'll kill you. I may kill you right now." Wedged into a narrow booth in a dingy luncheonette in Queens, Timesman McCandlish Phillips watched the man, who had been trained in exotic varieties of violence, toy with a table knife. Finally, Phillips suggested that they go outside, where "I figured I had more maneuverability." Phillips got away as soon as he could and went back to the city room to write his story....

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