George Dorsett was a big shot in the heydey of the Ku Klux Klan. He heckled black school children, burned crosses, and gave hate-filled speeches. But he abhorred violence.
Federal Special Agent Dargan Frierson used that quirk to convince Dorsett to become an F-B-I informant in the civil rights era.
Frierson says information provided by Dorsett prevented violent acts in North Carolina that would have resembled bombings and other mayhem the Klan used in other Southern States.
The unusual relationship of the two men is the topic of a documentary to be completed this fall.
It's being made by Michael Frierson, the former agent's son, who teaches broadcasting and cinema at U-N-C Greensboro.