Mississippi: A Crime Called Conspiracy

Holstered pistols and blackjacks humped against their hips and red mud clung to their boots as Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and Deputy Cecil Price got out of their squad car and walked into the Philadelphia, Miss., courthouse one chill morning last week. Just back from a dawn search for a moonshine still in backwoods country, neither seemed to notice four men in trench coats waiting in cars parked near the courthouse.

Moments after the lawmen entered their office, the four FBI agents left their cars, went...

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