Lee Cody has written a wonderful book entitled, The 14th Denial: A Civil Rights Memoir, edited by yours truly. The book tells the story of how in the midst of the volatile times surrounding the Civil Rights Movement, two police detectives solved one of our nation’s worst hate crimes and paid for it with their careers.
Lee Cody, Jr. worked with the Duval County Sheriff’s Office for seven years, reaching the rank of Detective Sgt. The Jacksonville native helped solve one of Northeast Florida’s worst hate crimes, but he paid for it with his career. In the years since, he has collected a mountain of evidence that reveals a horrifying conspiracy, a tale of blatant racism and denial of the rights promised citizens by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. This book tells the true story of the murder of Jonnie Mae Chappell, a thirty-five-year-old African-American mother of ten. As told on Oprah, Dateline, Court T.V. and the History Channel, the story also reveals a massive conspiracy on the part of law enforcement and government officials and prosecutors—both state and federal—and even members of the FBI who were determined to cover up Ms. Chappell’s murder, the governmental corruption and obstruction of justice, and the civil rights violations that Sgt. Cody and other detectives discovered. This is a story that America needs to hear. You can see the publisher (Lulu) and order the book in printed (Hardback $29.95) or in pdf form ($5.00) here: