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November 25 , 2008

The Hero Among Us: Memoirs of an FBI Witness Hunter


Jim Ingram is to the FBI what Elliot Ness was to the Treasury Department—a larger-than-life symbol of American justice, a Klan-busting crime fighter who was involved with some of the highest profile FBI cases of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Interestingly, after nearly 30 years with the FBI, Ingram was brought out of retirement in the 2000s as a cold-case investigator of Mississippi civil rights-era murders, casting him into his fifth decade of crime fighting. Among the historic cases worked by Ingram:

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•The assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
•The “Mississippi Burning” civil rights murders.
•The assassination of Martin Luther King.
•The murder of Federal Judge John H. Woods, known by friends and detractors as “Maximum John.” The convicted hit man was actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson.
•The bombing of Beth Israel Temple.
•The FBI counterintelligence operation known as COINTELPRO.
•The FALN bombings by Puerto Rican separatists.
In this memoir, Jim Ingram provides insider information on the above high-profile cases and others, along with a personal perspective on his nearly 30-year career of law enforcement. During that career, he headed up the FBI offices in New York and Chicago, and was in charge of the violent crimes civil rights desk in Mississippi in the 1960s, and served in the 1970s as deputy assistant FBI director in Washington, DC.
After his retirement from the FBI, Ingram served as Public Safety Commissioner for the State of Mississippi, which put him in charge of the Highway Patrol, an agency that
had been heavily infiltrated by the KKK while he was head of the civil rights desk in Mississippi. Appointed by Governor Kirk Fordice, a conservative Republican. Ingram became good friends with the man despite their political differences.
Jim Ingram passed away in August 2009 of cancer, but worked on this memoir with his co-author, right up until his death. The book contains new, formerly classified information about a variety of cases.

About the Co-Author
Journalist and independent scholar James L. Dickerson has published numerous biographies and histories, including “Devil’s Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes,” “Dixie’s Dirty Secret,” and “Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again.” An award-winning journalist, he has worked as a staff writer for three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News (Jackson, MS) and the Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS).

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