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Police in a Florida town suspected that the Ku Klux Klan was to blame when a burned cross appeared in the driveway of a home belonging to an interracial couple recently, but as it turns out, the real culprit was a far less likely suspect.
LB Williams, a Black man, was found to have burned a cross in his own driveway on Nov. 4 and left strange notes posted on the house signed “KKK” in a desperate attempt to keep his wife from divorcing him.
Williams’s wife of 16 years, Donna, began to suspect that maybe the Klan wasn't responsible for the cross burning when she found a note taped to the front door of the house with a strange message.
Donna, who is white, told the Panama City News Herald that the note said, "[you] better not leave that n-----." The note was signed KKK.
Although intitally afraid that her family was the target of a hate crime, Donna became suspicious when she realized that the Ku Klux Klan would never leave a note supporting an interracial union.
When Donna noticed that the penmanship of the mysterious "racist" left on the note strangely resembled her husband’s handwriting Donna confronted Williams about the incidents. After many denials, her husband finally admitted that he staged the harrassment so she wouldn’t proceed with her plans to divorce him.
Police charged Williams, 50, with domestic violence stalking and exhibits that intimidate.
“He truly is a good man. He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t do drugs and he works like a dog,” Donna said. “We just can’t be together.”