God’ll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Safran

Narrated By: Tom Bromhead

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: November 2014

Duration: 10 hours 43 minutes


God’ll Cut You Down combines an unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson.

A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race—or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex.

John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett’s murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder—white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime—and the people involved—seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone’s life—and death—can be.

This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider’s point of view.

“John Safran’s captivating inquiry into a murder in darkest Mississippi is by turns informative, frightening, and hilarious. It is enlivened by a swarm of creepy locals and a torrent of astonishing details—such as hedge clippers put to surgical use in the performance of an official autopsy.”—John Berendt,  New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


  • Sonia Dunn-Ruiz

    Story is too humorous and read too enthusiastically for subject matter. Narrator reads too fast.

  • Leslie Sedivy

    This book is amazing and utterly captivating. I couldn't "put it down." I was about to turn it off with in the first five mins because I was uncertain how Id ever get used to the narrator's voice, but I'm SO HAPPY I decided to give it a chance. I did get used to the narrator and urge everyone else to really give it a shot even if his voice is an initial turn off. Murder, hustling, and backwards racial confusion; the best part is -- it's all TRUE.