Published on: 22/05/2014
An unlikely journalist, a Mississippi murder plagued by revelations, and a fascinating true-crime story of race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South – all told in the sharply original style of Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson.
In 2009 John Safran, a controversial Australian journalist, spent an uneasy few days interviewing one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he hears that the man has been murdered by a young black man. But this is far from a straightforward race killing.
Safran flies back to Mississippi in a bid to discover what really happened, immersing himself in a world of clashing white separatists, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbours and the killer himself. In the end, he discovers just how profoundly complex the truth about someone’s life – and death – can be.
Praise for Murder in Mississippi
‘John Safran’s captivating inquiry into a murder in darkest Mississippi is by turns informative, frightening and hilarious’ – John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
‘Funny and gripping and wonderfully weird . . . It’s a tremendous book. I can’t praise it too highly’ – Louis Theroux
‘Now I know what to recommend people who liked Them’ – Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test
‘The elegance of this book is that its axis is a resounding ‘perhaps’ . . . It is this moral ambivalence that draws readers to the true crime genre, and Safran nails it’ – Weekend Australian
‘A winning combination of memoir, true crime and gonzo journalism . . . a compulsive summer read’ – Sunday Mail
‘Witty, insightful, compelling – In Cold Blood for our generation’ – Eddie Perfect
John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree (2002) and John Safran vs. God (2004) won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John […]