Klansman Convicted in Killing of Civil Rights Workers Dies

Edgar Ray Killen

The man convicted in the 1964 slayings of three MS civil rights workers, more than 40 years later, has died in prison.

The part-time preacher and lumber mill operator was 80 when he was convicted on the three counts of manslaughter - 41 years to the day after the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. He was a Klansman who led a group of 15 men in the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Shwerner.

Almost four decades later, state prosecutors re-opened the case, which had been dramatized in the 1988 movie Mississippi Burning. In a 2015 interview with the Associated Press, Killen refused to discuss his case but said he was still a segregationist, although he had no ill will for blacks.

The men were detained by police, before being ambushed and shot by Klansmen who were tipped-off about their release.

David Goodman, Andrew's brother, said Friday he was informed of Killen's death on Thursday by state corrections officers.

"Mississippi authorities reopened the case after finding out Sam Bowers said the main instigator had gotten away with murder and that was Edgar Ray Killen As we reported about that they reopened the case", according to Michell.


Edgar Ray Killen was serving a 60-year prison sentence for spearheading the 1964 slayings of the men who were in the southern U.S. state as part of a drive to register black voters.

The three men were initially considered missing, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined in the search to find them.

His first trial in 1967 ended in a mistrial. It was not until 2005 that Killen was charged with murder by a grand jury after new information related the case emerged.

The jury convicted Killen of manslaughter, which some of the victims' families found insufficient. The state of MS didn't press charges at the time.

Even after his imprisonment, Killen was said to maintain segregationist views about racial inequality.

The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld his convictions on January 12, 2007.

Related News:

  • Lakers defeat short-handed Spurs for their third straight victory

    Lakers defeat short-handed Spurs for their third straight victory

    Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball also boasted about his teammate's scoring ability as the focal point of the offense. Doing what he has always tried to do when his father made headlines, Ball focused on playing.
    Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set Slated to Arrive in Japan for PS4

    Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set Slated to Arrive in Japan for PS4

    As of now, the box set is only listed for the PlayStation 4 , and will obviously combine all three games into one set. A knight soon approaches the campfire and ignites it as the words " Dark Souls Remastered " come into view.
    NY  sues oil companies, plans divestment from pension funds

    NY sues oil companies, plans divestment from pension funds

    It appears that for New York City officials, the loss of so much potential wealth is valueless against the need to virtue signal. So rising sea levels caused by global warming will mean storms like Sandy are more likely to cause harmful floods.
  • Two more mudslide victims found in California, death toll now 17

    Two more mudslide victims found in California, death toll now 17

    Officials did not provide any further information on the girl's condition or if any of her family members had been trapped. Access to some areas has been hard for emergency crews because of downed trees and power lines, according to County Fire .
    Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Britton, 3 others

    Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Britton, 3 others

    Right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are Baltimore's only arbitration-eligible players without deals. But, having Machado and Paul Goldschmidt locked up at the corner for years to come would keep them in contention, for sure.
    Search for victor  of $55 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Brunswick

    Search for victor of $55 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Brunswick

    They didn't know they had won until someone checked the numbers the following day during his shift at the courthouse. Scole Lotto & News owner Sam Misiano said he was over-the-moon his outlet had sold the winning ticket.
  • Watch Reporter April Ryan Ask Trump If He's a Racist

    He has repeatedly defended Trump over the past two years and has sometimes offered Christian theology as a basis for his defense. Durbin, the only Democrat in the room when President Trump made the comments, condemned it as "hate-filled, vile and racist".
    Tom Brady's a Legend, But New England is 'Garrapolonoid'

    Tom Brady's a Legend, But New England is 'Garrapolonoid'

    That's fine", he said. "I wasn't part of it past year , but I'm super excited to be back out there with the team", he said. They'll need a huge rushing day from the physical force that is running back Derrick Henry .
    Disney announces Star Wars: Rivals, a PvP shooter for Android and iOS

    Disney announces Star Wars: Rivals, a PvP shooter for Android and iOS

    The characters all have special abilities, like Vader's choke, Admiral Ackbar's orbital strike, or Chewie's bowcaster. There's no official release date yet, but you can register for the game on Google Play by hitting the button below.
  • Former President Obama Says Americans Live in Partisan Bubbles

    Former President Obama Says Americans Live in Partisan Bubbles

    There are also lots of jokes about both men being quote-unquote unemployed. "I'm at Bed Bath & Beyond picking out wire hangers". The clip ends with him asking if it was not something the host does, to more laughter from Letterman and the audience.
    Trump's Shithole Remarks Will Strengthen His Control of the GOP

    Trump's Shithole Remarks Will Strengthen His Control of the GOP

    Such remarks from the USA president could "potentially damage and disrupt the lives of many people", Colville said. It noted that Trump's comments had immediately sparked "controversy and indignation".

    W&T Offshore (WTI) How Do the Technical Vary?

    If we checked the overall image of stock during recent quarter then we found that stock performance is trading up 18.89%. A stock experiencing a high level of volatility has a higher ATR, and a low volatility stock has a lower ATR.


Most liked

Walt Disney (DIS) Given "Sell" Rating at Pivotal Research
It dived, as 90 investors sold DIS shares while 649 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 563 raised stakes. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Friday, July 28 by Northland Capital. (NYSE:EGHT) to report earnings on January, 24.

Court rules Pennsylvania can keep congressional district map
The core issue, he said, is whether elected government is going to represent the citizenry and not a minority party seizing power. Pro-GOP groups also made extensive efforts to purge thousands of legal but inactive voters in blue epicenters.

James Franco accused of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior
She alleges that, during the shoot, Franco removed plastic guards from the women's genitals and then simulated sex acts. Presenter of the award and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins accepted the award on the 39-year-old's behalf.

Carrie Underwood's 'The Champion' to open Super Bowl LII
Carrie will also open NBC's Super Bowl LLI on February 4 with a music video filmed previous year for " The Champion ". Country music sensation Carrie Underwood has traded in her guitar and harmonica for a shot at becoming a pop star.

YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC Acquires 8758 Shares of General Electric (GE)
Diversified Investment Strategies Llc bought 13,151 shares as the company's stock declined 7.64% while stock markets rallied. Also, Director Francisco Dsouza bought 55,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th.

The Health 202: Mental-health professionals can't agree on evaluating Trump's psyche
Physical exams for presidents have been a norm since Richard Nixon , according to ABC News, but they aren't required. Perry said she believed presidents should be subject to a raft of tests to establish they are fit to serve.

Lenovo Smart Display is an Epic Home for Google Assistant
You'll also be able to deploy Smart Displays as a digital photo frame, with images housed in the cloud through Google Photos. The first one comes with 8-inch HD touchscreen display and the second one comes with 10-inch Full HD touchscreen display.

Trump says willing to speak to Kim Jong
The following day, the United States accepted South Korea's proposal to delay yearly military drills until after the Olympics. US President Donald Trump has said that he was willing to speak to North Korean' Kim Jong-un.

Trump lashes out at 'Sneaky Dianne Feinstein' for releasing transcript
Cohen is a central figure in the dossier, which alleges an effort by high ranking officials in Russian Federation to develop a relationship with the Trump campaign.

People from 'shithole countries' share their accomplishments to prove Trump wrong
The more this man and his base says and does, only lights my fire more. I watch and hear the terrible things he says on a daily basis.

How to get a Sam's Club membership refund
Walmart said in a news release that a number of the closed stores would be converted into fulfillment centers. The company operates two Sam's Clubs in Wyoming - one in Casper and another in Cheyenne.

Liam Livingstone called-up in England Test squad for New Zealand tour
The two games Test series will be played between 22nd March and 3rd April with Auckland and Christchurch being the venues. From the Ashes touring squad, batsman Gary Ballance and bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran have been dropped.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Edison International (EIX)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) stock price surged 0.52% after traded at $62.33 in most recent trading session. That's a potential 2.29 increase relative to where Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) has been trading recently.

Trump has made "racist" remarks
The Washington Post , the newspaper that first reported Trump's "shithole" remarks ran a rather conservative headline. Trump took to Twitter on Friday to deny using the vulgar term during a White House meeting Thursday on immigration.

These Are the Stories That Made Trump Want to Change Libel Laws
Two months before the November 2016 election, Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr. And as the 45th President celebrates his first year in office, we take at his funniest pics from the past 365 days.