Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan who was "the law" of Indiana until a woman he assaulted stirred a famous trial.
He brutally assaulted a young woman he associated with on a Chicago-bound night train, and as she lay dying from a suicide attempt she dictated her accusation to her lawyers.
Wielding incredible power over Indiana politics, with many of the state's politicians on his payroll, he made good on his threat to release their names if he would be convicted.
He was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Maysville, Oklahoma.
John Heard played him in the 1989 miniseries about the events called Cross of Fire.