A True Tale of Racism, Sex, and Murder in the South
This is Carole's fourth book. Blood in the Soil is the first book ever to detail the investigation into the shooting of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his country attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 1978. However, this book is not just about Larry Flynt, or even his shooter, serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.
This true account weaves the perspective of Detective J. Michael Cowart with the story of Franklin’s life from childhood all the way up to his execution. The monster that was Joseph Paul Franklin was born of a perfect storm of circumstances: poverty, abuse, racism, integration, and the hate groups that operated and recruited openly. Detective Cowart tells the story of his first introduction to Franklin and the cat-and-mouse game that ensued. A self-proclaimed truth-seeker, the detective had to appear to befriend Franklin to get him to provide enough information to prosecute him in the Flynt shooting. In the course of developing this rapport, Cowart gains astonishing insight into many of Franklin’s other cold-blooded killings and crimes, and his twisted justification for them.