James Forward Seale, 71, a former Sheriff has been held on the 1964 racial slayings of two black men who were beaten, murdered, and dumped into the
Mississippi river. Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19, were the two victims of these horrendous crimes. Seale has not been charged
JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A white former sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for his alleged role in a civil rights era crime -- the 1964
killings of two black men beaten and dumped alive into the Mississippi River. The break in the 43-year-old case was largely the result of the dogged
efforts of the older brother of one of the victims, who vowed to bring the killer to justice.
James Ford Seale, a 71-year-old reputed Ku Klux Klansman from the town of Roxie, was charged with kidnapping hitchhikers Charles Eddie Moore and Henry
Hezekiah Dee, both 19.
The victims' weighted, badly decomposed bodies were found by chance two months later in July 1964, during the search for three civil rights workers
whose disappearance and deaths in Philadelphia, Mississippi, got far more attention from the media and the FBI.
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Immediately after coming across this article, Medger Evers came to mind who was the inspiration behind the 1996 film
Ghosts Of Mississippi
. Evers is actually mentioned in the aforementioned article. It scares me to think
of how many black men and women were either murdered, beaten, widowed, forced to grow up with out a parent, etc., all due to blatant insecurities in
those who had power.
Bringing the individuals to justice who are guilty of these crimes will not repay the debt that these families were forced to go through. Someone
needs to be accountable for the actions of a racist police force, and the lack of a murder charge on this case seems to be disheartening. Even with a
murder charge, it still does little to alleviate the suffering. But still, we could masquerade it as a form of justice.
My thoughts and condolences are with all of the individuals and their families who had to suffer through one of the darkest era's of our recent
history. Very depressing.