Blind Vengeance: The Roy Moody Mail Bomb Murders

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Just days before Christmas 1989, bombs delivered through the U.S. mail exploded in two southern states, taking the lives of a federal judge in Alabama and a civil rights attorney in Georgia. The same week, two more deadly packages were intercepted en route to a federal courthouse and an office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Blind Vengeance is the riveting account of the frantic federal, state, and local investigations that ensued, eventually resulting in the arrest and conviction of Walter Leroy Moody Jr., a small-time con man who blamed society for his failures.

In-depth portraits of the victims and their killer show three men representative of the changing South: the privileged white man, Judge Robert Smith Vance of Birmingham, who saw the necessity of political changes; the black lawyer and city alderman, Robert Robinson of Savannah, who prevailed in a segregated society to become a respected professional figure; and the embittered lifelong criminal Roy Moody, who led a brooding, solitary life on the edges of society.

Ray Jenkins's research is based on new information from interviews, record searches, and unprecedented access to Moody's psychiatric profile. The result is a chilling exploration of the mind of a killer blinded by a desire for revenge.

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Ray Jenkins is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former syndicated columnist and editorial page editor with the "Baltimore Sun." A Georgia native, he makes his home in Baltimore.

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A disciplined, incisive reconstruction of one of the century's most notorious crimes: the 1989 mail-bomb assassination of a federal judge and an NAACP attorney. After Jenkins won a Pulitzer in 1954 for reporting on the assassination of a Georgia state attorney general, he turned to covering the burgeoning civil rights movement. In the three principals of this story he finds symbols of the South's reaction to that turbulent period: Judge Robert Vance, the privileged white who embraced desegregation as a moral imperative; Robert Robinson, the black activist and community leader who demanded progress; and Roy Moody, the lower-class white ``who was left behind in the class conflict and became bitterly obsessed with his perception of injustice in the changing order.'' Jenkins's dual background as a lawyer and journalist serves him well in this bizarre case: He combines reportorial objectivity with the methodicalness (and the artful storytelling) of a prosecutor laying a damning case before a jury, insightfully describing the workings of the judicial system and the mechanics of a jury trial. He diligently traces the backgrounds and family histories of all three men, but it's Moody-- a highly intelligent sociopath who nurses an aggrandized sense of victimization--who steals the show. Relying heavily on trial transcripts and psychiatric reports, Jenkins delves into the troubled criminal mind of the erratic misfit convicted of the bombings following ``the largest manhunt in history.'' One report, written by Dr. Park Elliot Dietz, the renowned forensic psychiatrist who examined John Hinckley, contributes the most extensive insight into Moody's motives and modus operandi. It also provides Jenkins's biggest scoop: The report, never admitted as evidence because of Moody's last-minute rejection of his lawyer's planned insanity defense, is here examined at length for the first time. Jenkins's recounting of the crimes, investigation, and trial is as suspenseful as his wide-net harvest of historical context is enlightening. (20 b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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