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Trial of D. C. Stephenson (1925):
 Selected Links & Bibliography
by Douglas O. Linder

D. C. Stephenson, Indiana Klan Leader and the Convicted Murderer of Madge Oberholtzer

Noblesville, Indiana courtroom that was scene for the D. C. Stephenson trial in 1925

"I am the law in Indiana." 
--D. C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the Invisible Empire for the Realm of Indiana


Indiana Center for History: "Indiana and the Ku Klux Klan"

"Ku Klux Klan in Indiana" (Indiana State Library: Listing of Resources)

Indiana University: Digital Archives Collection: "the Fiery Cross" (Indiana Klan Newspaper)

Indiana Historical Society: D. C. Stephenson Collection, 1922-1978

D. C. Stephenson (Wikipedia)

"The Stephenson Trial," by Lindsay Dunn (2000)

J to the Power of 7: "D. C. Stephenson: An Old Case of Molestation"

Indiana Klan Members in 1925

Madge Oberholtzer

Additional Reading (Books):

  Butler, Robert A. So They Framed Stephenson (Privately Published)

  Grant, Robert and Katz, Joseph.  The Great Trials of the Twenties: The Watershed Decade in America's Courtrooms (Sarpedon, 1998, 282pp.)

  Horowitz, David. Inside the Klavern: The Secret History of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920’s  (Southern Illinois University Press).

  Luthotlz, M. William.  Grand Dragon: D. C. Stephenson and the Ku Klux Klan (Purdue Univ. Press, 1993, 362 pp.)

  Moore, Leonard J. Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1997,   276pp.).

Additional Reading (Collections and Periodicals):

Evans, Hiram Wesley. “The Klan’s Fight for Americanism.” North American Review. March 1926.

D.C. Stephenson Collection, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN.

Indianapolis News. 16 January 1924 - 28 November 1927

Leibowitz, Irving. My Indiana. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964.


 Cross of Fire (1989, directed by Paul Wendkos).