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Pete Banning was the patriarch of a prominent family and a faithful member of the Clanton Methodist Church. Then one October morning in 1946, he drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. What turned Pete into a cold-hearted killer? And why won't he confide in anyone? All his closest family knows is that it must have been something devastating - and that the fallout will haunt them, and the town, for decades to come . . .