It is Monday, September 17, 1923, and you, along with many of the other residents of Georgetown, Texas, are headed to the Williamson County Courthouse for a trial that few thought would or could ever happen.
And yet here were Burleson, who survived the attack, and Fannie Campbell who were ready and willing to testify. And here were Constable Louis Lowe and Sheriff Lee Allen who had conducted the investigation. And Dan Moody, the recently appointed District Attorney.
So it would be understandable that as you raced to the stairs to the second floor
He was the lead prosecutor going up against a six-member team of attorneys hired the Klan, but he had his own six-member team, including Constable Lowe and Sheriff Allen (who knew almost everyone in the county and consulted on the jury selection to rule out known Klan members or Klan sympathizers), former county judge Richard Critz and former county attorney Harry Graves.
When the trial began, Moody chose his strongest case of the three to try first.
Dan Moody went on to win three more convictions in three additional trials surrounding this same incident. But it was not until he had defeated Klansmen to win the election for Attorney General and then Governor of Texas that the Klan's "back had been broken."
And at age 33, he was the youngest governor in Texas history.
Anderson, Ken. Dan Moody. Crusader for Justice, Georgetown Press, 2009.
Resource that had been omitted from the initial posting:
Anderson, Ken. Konvicted: How Dan Moody Destroyed the Klan in Texas. The Alcalde, July/August, 2000.