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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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A Death in Dixie

A Death in Dixie

(p.11) Chapter 1 A Death in Dixie
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Warren McCleskey’s childhood and his crime that later led to two important United States Supreme Court cases. Race was a significant issue at the time in Georgia, where McCleskey attended segregated schools. He grew up surrounded by violent acts in his family and his neighborhood, and eventually he became involved in criminal acts. Although the young man showed potential to have a good life, some misfortune, bad choices, and unfortunate associates led to his participation in a trip from Marietta to Atlanta that resulted in a robbery at Dixie Furniture Company where Officer Frank Schlatt was killed.

Keywords:   McCleskey childhood, Warren McCleskey, robbery, Dixie Furniture Company, murder, Frank Schlatt, Atlanta, Marietta

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