Casey Cep is an author, journalist, and staff writer at The New Yorker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and other publications.
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. FURIOUS HOURS: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee-Casey Cep.
Across the South and well beyond, cities and states have been removing their Confederate monuments, recognizing their power as symbols of America’s foundational racism. In the town of Easton, Maryland, in front of the picturesque courthouse, there’s a statue known as the Talbot Boys. It depicts a young soldier holding a Confederate battle flag, and it honors the men who crossed over to fight for secession. It’s the last such monument in Maryland, outside of a battlefield or a graveyard. Casey Cep grew up nearby, and she’s watched as the town has awakened to the significance of the statue. Five years ago, when a resolution to remove it came before the county council, the vote was 5–0 opposing removal. But, during a summer of reckoning with police violence and structural racism, the statue came up for a vote again. Is time finally catching up with the Talbot Boys?
Author Casey Cep speakes with Steph and Tony about her book, "The Furious Hours."
Casey Cep, the bestselling author of "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee," joins the Reckon Interview to shed light on unknown parts of Lee's life. We discuss true crime stories from the South, why the world still loves Mockingbird, Truman Capote and the violent efforts to bring electricity to the South.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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4 hours, 36 minutes
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