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Reputed Klansman arrested in 1964 Neshoba County civil rights slayings


On June 29, 1964, the FBI began distributing these pictures of civil rights workers, from left, Michael Schwerner, 24, of New York, James Chaney, 21, from Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman, 20, of New York, who disappeared near Philadelphia, Miss., June 21, 1964. The three civil rights workers, part of the ‘Freedom Summer’ program, were abducted, killed and buried in an earthen dam in rural Neshoba County. (AP Photo/FBI)

In an earlier post, I talked about an anonymous donor offering $100K reward for information leading to murder charges. They’ve finally arrested one, and are looking for more. (AP):

Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was arrested late Thursday on murder charges in the 1964 slaying of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, officials said.



Edgar Ray Killen, pictured as a thirty-eight-year-old, was the point man in the conspiracy to murder three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi on June 21, 1964.

Neshoba County Sheriff Larry Myers told The Associated Press that Killen, a 79-year-old preacher, was arrested at home without incident.

The grand jury considered whether sufficient evidence existed after 40 years to bring charges in the crimes that were dramatized in the movie “Mississippi Burning.” Killen was identified in testimony in earlier federal court proceedings as having a role in the killings.

…Seven Klansmen were convicted of federal conspiracy charges in the killings and sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years to 10 years. None served more than six years. But the state never brought murder charges.

[Read what this self-serving sadistic (and unrepentant) bastard below has to say. –Pam]



Billy Wayne Posey, one of the handful convicted for heinous crime so far.

After 40 years to come back and do something like this is ridiculous … like a nightmare,” said Billy Wayne Posey, one of the men convicted. The graying Posey, supported by a cane, refused to say what he expected to be asked by the grand jury.

Goodman’s mother, Carolyn Goodman, said she “knew that in the end the right thing was going to happen.”

“As I have said many times before, I’m not looking for revenge. I’m looking for justice,” Goodman, 89, said from her home in New York.

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