Forty-six years after a white gang beat to death Unitarian Universalist minister James Reeb in Selma, Ala., the FBI is investigating the case.
Articles by Jerry Mitchell
The FBI continues to investigate former Alabama trooper James Bonard Fowler for yet another killing, the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting.
FBI agents have closed almost half of the 122 unpunished killings from the civil rights era that four years ago they announced they were investigating.
Franklin County officials have settled a landmark lawsuit brought against it by the families of two black teens killed by Klansmen in 1964.
Convicted Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen says there wasn't enough legal evidence to imprison him for the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers and that God is going to get whoever helped put him away. Reporter Ben Greenberg co-reported this story.
In 1989, according to Clarion-Ledger reports, secret files showed that at the same time the state was prosecuting Byron De La Beckwith in 1964 for Evers’ murder, another arm of the state was secretly assisting Beckwith’s defense, trying to get him acquitted. That other arm was the state’s segregationist spy agency, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, which was headed by the governor.
A timeline of the over 30-year investigation into the killings of three civil rights workers in 1964.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry plans to introduce legislation next week that would pave the way for the release of thousands of FBI documents on the life and death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The bill calls for creating a Martin Luther King Records Collection at the National Archives that would include all government records related to King. The bill also would create a five-member independent review board that would identify and make public all documents from agencies including the FBI - just as a review board in 1992 made public documents related to the 1963 John F. Kennedy assassination. Hank Klibanoff, managing editor of The Civil Rights Cold Case Project, believes Kerry's idea should be expanded to include the release of documents involving not only King's assassination, but also other racial slayings from the civil rights era.
Former Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers died behind bars Sunday, but the legacy of hate he and his minions perpetuated will never be forgotten, victims' families say.
A reputed Klansman convicted of orchestrating the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers claimed he was in constant pain after March tree-cutting accident and was confined to a wheelchair, not even able to raise hit right hand to be sworn in. Edgar Ray Killen is back in prison after a judge concluded Killen was far healthier than his prior testimony suggested.