posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 11:51 PM
The slayings of three civil rights workers that were registering blacks to vote in 1964 Mississippi had gone without anyone being brought for murder
charges in 40 years. That changed today with the arrest of Edgar Ray Killen, a 79 year old preacher. He's being held on three counts of murder for
the slayings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. The 1988 film "Mississippi Burning" dramatized these events during the "Freedom
Summer" of 1964.
Sheriff Larry Myers told The Associated Press that Edgar Ray Killen was arrested at his home without incident. Myers said there would be more
arrests in connection with the killings, which were dramatized in the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
In 1964, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, who were helping to register black voters, were murdered on a lonely dirt road as they
drove to a church to investigate a fire. They were allegedly stopped by Klansmen, beaten and shot to death. Several weeks later, their bodies were
found buried in a dam a few miles from the church.
Nineteen men — including Killen and many of them Klansmen — were indicted. Seven were convicted of federal civil rights violations in 1967 and
sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 10 years.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It's good to see that people, even though they're now very old men, are being brought to justice for the terrible crimes they committed so long
ago. More arrests are promised to be forthcoming. In 1994 Mississippi convicted Byron de la Beckwith for the killing of Medger Evers in 1963.
Always a conspiracy - the brother of James Chaney says that the trial will be a sham and that the wealthy and influential whites that had a hand in
the killings will go free.
[edit on (1/7/0505 by PistolPete]