On a calm Georgia evening in 1890, a shotgun blast took out a window and part of John Forsyth’s head. “Tell mamma to come.” They were the last words that fell from the lips of the dying man. Captain Forsyth’s murder sent a shock wave across Georgia and soon a federal trial convened to try the men arrested. One of them was a prominent attorney, Luther Hall. Why did this pillar of the community hire someone to kill John Forsyth?

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