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Deer Creek Drive : a reckoning of memory and murder in the Mississippi Delta  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

Deer Creek Drive : a reckoning of memory and murder in the Mississippi Delta

Lowry, Beverly (author.).

Summary: "In 1948, in the most stubbornly Dixiefied corner of the Jim Crow south, society matron Idella Thompson was viciously murdered in her own home: stabbed at least 150 times and left face down in one of the bathrooms. Her daughter, Ruth Dickins, was the only other person in the house. She told authorities a Black man she didn't recognize had fled the scene, but no evidence of the man's presence was uncovered. When Dickins herself was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, the community exploded. Petitions pleading for her release were drafted, signed, and circulated, and after only six years, the governor of Mississippi granted Ruth Dickins an indefinite suspension of her sentence and she was set free. In Deer Creek Drive, Beverly Lowry -- who was ten at the time of the murder and lived mere miles from the Thompsons' home -- tells a story of white privilege that still has ramifications today, and reflects on the brutal crime, its aftermath, and the ways it clarified her own upbringing in Mississippi."--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781638085454
  • ISBN: 1638085455
  • Physical Description: large print
    583 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2022.

Contents / Notes

General Note: Regular print version previously published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Thompson, Idella 1879-1948
Dickins, Ruth Thompson 1906-1996
Murder Mississippi Leland Case studies
Large type books
Leland (Miss.) Social conditions 20th century
Leland (Miss.) Race relations
Large type books
Race relations
Social conditions
Mississippi Leland
Genre: Case studies.
True crime stories.
Large type books.
True crime stories.

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