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Alex Cross's Trial Part 2, Chapter 19

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Part 2, Chapter 19


  • On the train down to Mississippi, Ben decides to do a little reading.
  • His pick? The Memphis newspapers from the past couple of weeks.
  • In them he finds many reports of lynchings that have taken place.
  • One man was hanged from a tree and shot so many times that a bullet hit the rope holding him; another was killed right in front of his kids so they could learn a lesson.
  • There are quotes from witnesses, and even critiques of the quality of lynching.
  • It seems the people view lynching as more entertainment than anything else, which sickens Ben.
  • He decides to open a window, and another passenger on the train helps him do it.

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