Byron (Low Tax) Looper figured in one of Tennessee’s strangest election stories in memory. Here was an elected county official (albeit not a very good one) who, like many before and since, set his sights on defeating a sitting state senator—and, well, ended up being convicted of literally setting his sights on his opponent, former Sen. Tommy Burks, and killing him.
Looper died on Wednesday while serving his sentence. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that officers had “contained” Looper during a “‘full level cell extraction'”
and that he had been placed in an isolation unit after receiving medical treatment.
What started as a bizarre enough story now has a new, mysterious chapter. There’s more to come, I’m sure.