Undercover officer George Raffield's job was to pose as a student in the small town of Midlothian, Texas and infiltrate the high school drug ring. When Raffield's cover became suspect, word spread through a small circle of friends that the young officer would pay with his life. No one stopped it. On a rainy fall evening in 1987, Raffield was lured to an isolated field. Three bullets were fired-one unloaded into his skull. The baby-faced killer, Greg Knighten, stole eighteen dollars from Raffield's wallet, divided it among his two young accomplices, and calmly said, "it's done."
With chilling detail, Carlton Stowers illuminates a dark corner of America's heartland and the children who hide there. What he found was an alienated subculture of drug abuse, the occult, and an unfathomable teenage rage that exploded at point blank range on a shocking night of lost innocence...
This is a disquieting, involving account of the murder of an undercover police officer by two teenagers in Midlothian, Tex., regarded as an idyllic town to raise children. Officer George Raffield posed as a high school student to infiltrate Midlothian's drug culture, which he did with some success. After a time, however, the student drug abusers grew suspicious of him, especially Greg Knighten, adopted son of a police officer, and Richard Goeglein, whose parents had moved from Arizona following his involvement in a bizarre suicide pact. The two lured Raffield into the country and Knighten shot him. Goeglein turned state's evidence and his cohort was sentenced to 45 years after a trial which, Stowers ( Careless Whispers ) suggests, revealed the district attorney as a mediocre prosecutor.