The Boys Of Birmingham

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This book spins the story of the FBI career of William Saucier, known as "the Grey Ghost," "the Sauce," and "the Bay City Strangler" in his identity as one of the Boys of Birmingham. That's what the northern, Irish Catholic membership of the FBI office in Birmingham, Alabama was called during the 1960s.

The book tells how P. L. Ryan, the daughter of Saucier, and her family had to weather the hot climate and bigoted hostilities of the area, ...
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Overview

This book spins the story of the FBI career of William Saucier, known as "the Grey Ghost," "the Sauce," and "the Bay City Strangler" in his identity as one of the Boys of Birmingham. That's what the northern, Irish Catholic membership of the FBI office in Birmingham, Alabama was called during the 1960s.

The book tells how P. L. Ryan, the daughter of Saucier, and her family had to weather the hot climate and bigoted hostilities of the area, including attacks by the Ku Klux Klan. But the Boys managed to "spook" the Klan back, as the book recalls many humorous stories about how their FBI work managed to disintegrate the local KKK.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had created the Boys of Birmingham based on comments Dr. King made concerning how the FBI had no black agents, and that the southern FBI was "sympathetic" to racism. Hoover answered King's complaint by sending northern federal agents down into Birmingham whenever they committed a minor infraction. Becoming one of the "Boys" was actually considered to be a form of punishment, sending an agent down into "the Pits of Hell." But all the Boys eventually developed lifelong friendships as the result of this "punishment," with their families becoming very close.

The Boys also were ordered to investigate Dr. King during his stays in Birmingham, becoming his "shadows" and being involved in the infamous Hoover tapes of King's "indiscretions." New information about these is told in this book for the first time, as also new information is given concerning the assassination investigation. The book tells how Saucier, as the lead field agent in charge of the Birmingham investigation, and the other Boys locate the identity ofJames Earl Ray, King's killer. And Saucier himself is the agent who discovers a way to directly locate Ray, which swiftly results in his arrest.

Thrilling, gripping and hilarious at times, this book covers the exploits of Saucier and his fellow agents, including one man, the Dallas Duplicator, who's heavily involved in President Kennedy's assassination. He may have been the infamous "blond man" who picked up the fifth bullet in Dealey Plaza, site of the Kennedy murder and source of the gunfire. This agent was the same one who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's presumed killer, and this book may also bring some new information concerning that investigation to light.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615289069
  • Publisher: Jimerson Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/7/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    This book is particularly awesome

    Although the part where the investigation info on Dr. King's killer was brief had me wondering, in fact the whole book rocks superbly. The investigation is actually interwoven all through reading this book, and you learn a lot about how J. Edgar Hoover may have been responsible for the deaths of Dr. King, President Kennedy and RFK.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    Not what I thought it was going to be

    The 1960's was a turbulent time in the United States. Wars, foreign and domestic were being fought and assassinations were something that seemed to happen frequently. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the iconic preacher who lead the Civil Rights Movement until his assassination in 1968, which is the topic of the book "The Boys of Birmingham".

    The stories told in this book are the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and of the organization that would eventually investigate his death, the FBI. While the history told within the pages of this book is interesting and accurate, there was something that I missed from the book - the actual investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The book is over 300 pages long and we don't get to the investigation of his death until the last section of the book. Once you get to the portion, you really aren't told anything that leads to a greater understanding of the investigation.

    Also, it can sometimes be confusing - facts are restated several times and sections of the book don't seem to flow together as much as they seem to be presented to stand alone from each other. The first portion of the book, which outlines the reasoning for the Civil Rights Movement is great but it is hard to make the connection between this portion and the rest of the book.

    The title of the book, and most of the information found on the book, lead you to believe that this gives you real details on the investigation. When in fact it is more of the history of the Civil Rights Movement and a memoir of sorts of the authors father. Again, great book but not what I was hoping it would be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Interesting

    Story from the FBI agents who were involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2010

    Excrementally terrible.

    I have read worse books,but I cannot honestly remember when. The history is accurate, although unlike a professional historian, it is tainted with egregious amounts of personal opinion. Also, unfortunately it is interlaced with incessant references to daddy this and daddy that, with actual subject matter referred to in the title and blurbs relegated to the end of this tedious embarassment of a book.
    Add to that unceasing repitition of previously stated material and you essentially have a incredibly muddled mess that is no longer relevant or cogent.

    The only redeeming factor was that at the time I downloaded it...it was free. Then again, I should be paid for the time lost reading this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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