The Second Coming Of a Nightmare

A little logging town is beset by radicals, the media and the specters of race

The courthouse at Jasper had never seen anything like it before. There, just inside the massive French doors on the 110-year-old yellow stucco building, were an X-ray machine and a metal detector to screen everyone entering the building. But, of course, the little logging town hasn't been quite the same since June 7, 1998, when a black man was chained to the back of a pickup and dragged three miles to his death, pieces of him, including his head, falling by the wayside. Now the first of three white men accused of the crime is up for trial, and the pesky...

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