This book is about criminologist Maurice Godwin's Internet social movement that sprang to life during the Baton Rouge serial murder case. The movement was a response to the Task Force failing to find serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, as citizens in Baton Rouge, South Louisiana, and South Mississippi no longer wished to wait in fear. This is a story of citizen empowerment in a time of crisis. Both scholars and ordinary citizens will be inspired by the way the people in Baton Rouge helped themselves by putting pressure on investigators for improved results. Godwin's innovative Internet movement, involving geographic mapping and online discussions with Baton Rouge citizens, developed into a hub of information to expedite the finding and arrest of Lee. The author sociologically describes and analyzes the key players, the major controversies, and the internal dynamics of the movement that led to the arrest of the serial killer on May 27, 2003.
Stan Weeber has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas. He is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at McNeese State University. He is author of Political Crime in the United States (1978), Lee Harvey Oswald (2003), Militias in the New Millennium (2004), and Sociology of Sociology (2006).
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Baton Rouge Serial Murders: An Overview Chapter 4 A Sense of Injustice Builds Chapter 5 The Birth of the Internet Social Movement in Baton Rouge Chapter 6 The Death of Carrie Lynn Yoder Chapter 7 The Arrest and Trial of Derrick Todd Lee Chapter 8 Aftermath, Analysis, and New Directions Part 9 Bibliography Part 10 Index