New Book Tells Story of Murdered Detroit Journalist Chauncey Bailey
Sunni and Shia Muslims often disclaim Nation of Islam Muslims, and Nation of Islam Muslims disclaim this sub cult.
Chauncey Bailey, a Detroit newspaper reporter for 10 years, was murdered in Oakland in 2007 to prevent a story from being published.
The circumstances of the story were obscure, and the intended publication small, but Bailey was the first domestic journalist murdered in 31 years. His death triggered a response from journalists dedicated to finishing the story Bailey started and resulted in a recently book that reveals the 80-year history of an offshoot cult of the Nation of Islam (which happened to start in Detroit) and digs into the complex, and potentially dangerous, issue of how people with little opportunity can be manipulated into heinous crimes.
Thomas Peele, an investigative reporter and journalism professor in Oakland, CA, tells Bailey’s story in a new book, “Killing the Messenger: A Story about Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Death of Journalist.” The book uses Bailey’s life and death as the vehicle into the seamy underworld of an Oakland cult that exploited two uneducated and homeless teens with criminal records to commit murder.