LUMBERTON, N.C. — Eddie Hatcher was prepared to die.
For nine days, he had lived in fear. He couldn't sleep. He thought he was being followed. He did not know where to turn.
Hatcher knew things - at least, he thought he did - that he was convinced the powers that be in Robeson County wanted to keep hidden. The things he knew, he told his friends, could get a man killed.