A city overrun by corruption, violence, and the Dixie Mafia. A narcotics cop on the way to cracking the biggest case of his life. A man sent to South Carolina’s Death Row. A community on the verge of finally facing its dark and bloody past.    

 

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Spend two minutes inside 1975 Greenville, SC. Meet two innocent men gunned down in their own garage. Meet a man sent to South Carolina's Death Row. Meet a gang of notorious criminals and corrupt cops. And then, begin with Episode 1.

1. January 31, 1975

Vera Looper looked out her window on the warmest January day of her lifetime and saw something that scared her. Within 24 hours, her husband and son were dead. Police said it was random robbery gone bad, but four decades later, Vera Looper's family thinks differently. And so does the man condemned to death.

2. Finding Frank Looper

The warning shots weren't enough to scare the county's top drug cop. The next shots scared a community for another four decades. Frank Looper's family looks back at a compassionate hunter and the warnings he ignored in a fight against organized crime.

3. Ghost Bridge

Greenville, South Carolina has earned its ghosts. They've haunted every place from the mountains to downtown. Now, it's time to reckon with them, the warning shots, the Dixie Mafia hitmen, and eyewitnesses that seem to just disappear.

4. Motherless Child

South Carolina planned to kill Charles Wakefield. If the state had succeeded in doing so, no one would have ever heard the man say he was innocent. Wakefield managed to live, and now he is telling his story.

5. Bub

If you're looking for the fine line between right and wrong, don't bother looking in Greenville, South Carolina. That line disappeared a long time ago, and no one has seen it since. Speaking of which, it's time for you to meet Bub.

6. Unexpected Company

In the South, you never know who might come calling. Some days, it's a pleasure, a friend with a gift, or an old love. On the worst days, it's the last unexpected guest you'll ever greet.

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7. Southern railroad

What does one-time prosecutor Billy Wilkins know that everyone else doesn't? Where was Charles Wakefield, Jr. on January 31st? It's time to get some answers.

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8. A Bunch of amateurs

Organized crime is a problem yankees have. There's never been organized crime in the American South...right?

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9. Saint Christopher

Most people agree, Jim Christopher was a pro at cracking cases. But did that make him a good cop? You might be surprised what some people think.

10. Good Ol' Boys

Master bank robber Foster Sellers knew his own destiny, but he did not know how it would change Greenville, South Carolina and the people who lived there.

11. Love & Hate

Fast Eddie was one of the most notorious southern gangsters of all time, and now, he's ready to tell some of what he knows about his life, the Looper murders, and the Dixie Mafia.

12. Dare me to come

Many people have tried to re-write the history of what really happened in 1970's Greenville, SC. It's a lot harder to do that when somebody recorded that history as it happened...and held onto the tapes.

13. The other word on the street

Police and prosecutors have always said the "word on the street" was that Charles Wakefield, Jr. murdered the Loopers. Police never mentioned, there was another word on the street. Police built an elaborate case against a man, and then had to dismantle it.

14. Spotters

It took more than one person to investigate the Looper murders in 1975, and it's going to take even more in 2019. Learn who is helping to find the truth and the answers to some important questions.

15. The difference between a & the

Charles Wakefield, Jr. would like to say he is 100% innocent.
He is not.

16. Behind the wall

Charles Wakefield, Jr. survived Death Row and ended up...in hell.

17. greenville, we have a problem

Today, it's #yeahTHATgreenville. In 1975, it was the murder capital of South Carolina and the domain of one of the country's most controversial sheriffs. And the first homicide victim of that year...we still don't know who he is.

18. the road to six mile

There may be no one alive today who knows more about the southern criminal underworld of the 1970s. Now, Fast Eddie Williamson is telling his story to Murder, etc. from inside federal prison.

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Bonus: Andy ethridge interview

Meet the man who turned a railroad furlough into a two-decade obsession with finding the truth.

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Bonus: homeplace

Frank Looper's aunt and cousin take you back to the old Looper homeplace and a time before it was a landmark for tragedy.

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