Blog entries by Jerry Mitchell
The latest issue of the Nieman Reports features stories on unsolved cold cases from the civil rights era.
The FBI continues to investigate former Alabama trooper James Bonard Fowler for yet another killing, the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting.
Former state trooper James Bonard Fowler pleaded guilty today (Monday, Nov. 15) to manslaughter in the 1965 killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson.
Fowler, 77, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges, will serve six months in prison under the plea deal.
The Justice Department is considering a request to test unidentified fingerprints from the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Researchers of the April 4, 1968, assassination of King have suggested that unidentified fingerprints from the crime scene and elsewhere be run through the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which holds the fingerprints of more than 55 million people.
Stanley Nelson, editor of The Concordia Sentinel in Louisiana, deserves a tremendous amount of praise for continuing to shed light on the killings and violence carried out by the Ku Klux Klan in the Delta along the Mississippi River. (He is a fellow member of The Civil Rights Cold Cases Unit, which is exposing what happened in these unpunished killings from the civil rights era.)