About the Author
Billy Townsend was an award-winning reporter and editor for several Florida newspapers, including the Tampa Tribune and Lakeland Ledger. He began his career with the Palatka Daily News. Townsend is a fourth-generation son of Palatka. His great grandfather, Judge Vertrees Walton, was a key figure in the historic 1920s struggle against the Klan and Protestant vigilantism. Townsend knows intimately many of the hallowed spaces where Florida’s Age of Barbarity reached its climax. Today Townsend lives in Lakeland, on Florida’s I-4 Corridor, with his wife and three children. He writes for professional services firm PwC and provides cultural and historical commentary for LakelandLocal, the city’s volunteer alternative press.