Natchez Klan leader E.L. McDaniel, who became an FBI informant, told the bureau in 1967 that Klansmen from Ferriday and Natchez may have been responsible for the arson murder of Ferriday shoe shop owner Frank Morris because of complaints that Morris was flirting with white women.
In 1964, the value of a black man's life weighed on the minds of a handful of white people daring enough to speak out and take a stand at a time of widespread Klan violence against blacks and the white people who supported Civil Rights.
One who did both was Marge Baroni, a 40-year-old white activist from Natchez who was upset when the local Catholic priest failed to stand before his congregation and preach against the murder of a black man in Ferriday. Frank Morris died on Dec. 14, 1964, four days after his shoe shop was set on fire while he was still inside.
James Ford Seale was a lead suspect in three murders, including the Dee-Moore murders, and was an active member of the violent Silver Dollar Group. Despite these troublesome facts, Seale decided to run for Sheriff.
A fellow Concordia Parish Klansmen admitted to being in the truck with 'Red' Glover at the time of the car bombing of a Natchez NAACP leader, George Metcalfe. These insights that O. C. "Coonie" Poissot told the FBI could help with the investigation of Wharlest Jackson's car bombing.
The leader of a violent Klu Klux Klan unit, The Silver Dollar Group, was a lead suspect in the car bombing of Wharlest Jackson. Raleigh Jackson ‘Red’ Glover was an employee at the Armstrong Tire & Rubber Plant with Jackson when the murder occurred.
Exerlena Jackson’s husband died as a result of a car bomb outside of the International Paper Company in 1967 that made national news and was followed by what was possibly the largest FBI investigation ever conducted in southwest Mississippi and eastern Louisiana. Jackson passed away before she was able to see justice for her husband’s death.
Curt Hewitt had moved to Concordia Parish in 1965 to operate the Morville Lounge, a gambling and prostitution hall. Hewitt quickly realized he would need to watch out for the Klu Klux Klan in this area who were as displeased by gambling and prostitution as they were with civil rights. Reported by Stanley Nelson, Matt Barnidge, and Ian Stanford.
In a connection from New York City, to New Orleans, the Cosa Nostra mafia organization, that was allied with U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long and later Gov. Earl K. Long, monopolized and capitalized on corruption in Louisiana like never before. This brought in a hoard of gambling and prostitution that invaded every corner of Louisiana.
A founder and avid member of the Klu Klux Klan Silver Dollar Group died in the winter of 1988. Earcel Boy Sr. told his son "he was afraid to die because of all the things that he had done wrong in his life."