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The Life and Lies of Paul CrouchCommunist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch$
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Gregory S. Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049205

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049205.001.0001

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“Let Me at Him!” 1954

“Let Me at Him!” 1954

(p.210) 10 “Let Me at Him!” 1954
The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch

Gregory S. Taylor

University Press of Florida

Crouch was exposed publicly as a liar during two trials in 1954. During Senate hearings in New Orleans on the Southern Conference Education Fund, Crouch testified at the behest of Senator James Eastland. During his testimony, Crouch asserted that Leo Sheiner, James Domborwski, Aubrey Williams, Clifford Durr, and Virginia Durr were all members of the Communist Party and used the Fund surreptitiously to spread Communist propaganda. The testimony became famous when Clifford Durr threatened and attacked Crouch after he had claimed Durr's wife, Virginia, was a Communist. Worse than the spectacle was the general sense that Crouch was an unbelievable and unreliable witness. Despite that, Crouch also testified in the trial of nine Communists in Philadelphia. During that trial, prosecutors showed Crouch to be a liar when he charged David Davis with being a Communist after denying in previous trials that Davis had any Party affiliation. Although not charged with perjury, the questionable testimony in Philadelphia, combined with the spectacle in New Orleans, effectively ended his usefulness as an anti-Communist informant.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, James Eastland, Leo Sheiner, James Dombrowski, Aubrey Williams, Clifford Durr, Virginia Durr, Southern Conference Education Fund, David Davis

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