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From Midnight to Guntown
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As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous to the needlessly tragic.

In addition to bank robbers--generally the dumbest criminals--Hailman describes scam artists, hit men, protected witnesses, colorful informants, corrupt officials, bad guys with funny nicknames, over-the-top investigators, and those defendants who had a certain roguish charm. Several of his defendants and victims have since had whole books written about them: Dickie Scruggs, Emmett Till, Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort, and Paddy Mitchell, leader of the most successful bank robbery gang of the twentieth century. But Hailman delivers the inside story no one else can. He also recounts his scary experiences after 9/11 when he prosecuted terrorism cases.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. Common Law Enforcement Abbreviations and Acronyms
  2. pp. xxi-xxiii
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  1. Prologue: The Making of a Career Prosecutor
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 1. Bank Robbers I’ve Known
  2. pp. 17-67
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  1. 2. Corruption in Positions of Trust: Lawyers, Judges, Supervisors, Sheriffs
  2. pp. 69-172
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  1. 3. Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs
  2. pp. 173-236
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  1. 4. Killers and Wannabes
  2. pp. 237-318
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  1. 5. Faraway Places with Strange-Sounding Names: The Age of Terror
  2. pp. 319-370
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 371-375
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  1. Bibliography of Related Readings
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 381-382
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  1. Index [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 383-398
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