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Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Phenix City series

Brian Mosely's series on Jack Culpepper's memories of the city known for a while as the most wicked in America: Phenix City, Ala.

Cleaning up Phenix City (12/15/05)
Fifth of a five part series of Jack Culpepper's memories of growing up in Phenix City, Ala., widely known for years as the most corrupt city in the nation until 1954. Culpepper, 83, now resides in Tullahoma. It wasn't until nearly a year after the murder that Jack Culpepper wrote to the new sheriff of Russell County, which had been installed by the National Guard, and told him everything he had seen. ...
Fighting corruption in the wicked city (12/14/05)
Fourth of a five part series of Jack Culpepper's memories of growing up in Phenix City, Ala., widely known for years as the most corrupt city in the nation until 1954. Culpepper, 83, now resides in Tullahoma. It seemed the only way to stop the corruption in Phenix City was at the state level, so attorney Albert Patterson ran for the office of the Alabama attorney general. ...
Fighting corruption in Phenix City (12/13/05)
Third of a five part series of Jack Culpepper's memories of growing up in Phenix City, Ala., widely known for years as the most corrupt city in the nation until 1954. Culpepper, 83, now resides in Tullahoma. One large house of prostitution, located 10 miles south of Phenix City, was believed to have been tied to a nationwide white slavery racket, placed in an isolated area behind a poor black community, which made it difficult for young girls being broken into the immoral business to escape. ...
Death, prostitution and the paper boy (12/12/05)
Second of a five part series of Jack Culpepper's memories of growing up in Phenix City, Ala., widely known for years until 1954 as the most corrupt city in the nation. Culpepper, 83, now resides in Tullahoma. Jack Culpepper's first run-in with the steamier side of Phenix City life occurred in the 1930s, at the age of 11, while he was making money like many boys did in those days -- delivering newspapers. ...
Wondering on wickedness, wonder and warfare (12/10/05)
I hope all of you will take the time to read my piece on Jack Culpepper and his experiences growing up in the wickedest town in America, which begins its run today. I had a lot of fun researching it and was fascinated by the background of the town. This one came about after Jack's youngest son, a close friend of mine, recently took his parents down to Phenix City to visit family. ...
Tullahoma man witnessed famous shooting (12/10/05)
First of a five-part series. Imagine growing up in a town so wicked you witness your first murder at the age of 13. It was called "Sin City" and it really existed. There was a movie made about it, but it wasn't the recent Robert Rodriguez film noir effort with an all-star cast...