In Tupelo, Miss., a town known for its laid-back style, J. Everett Dutschke stood out when he arrived in 2000.
He was a martial arts instructor, yet he often wore pinstriped suits and cuff links in his off hours. He used a lot of multisyllabic words, which he over enunciated. The Southern accent of his earlier life in Texas and central Mississippi was gone. He told people he was an officer of Mensa, the organization for people with high IQs.