The FBI continues to investigate former Alabama trooper James Bonard Fowler for yet another killing, the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting.
A former Alabama state trooper pleaded guilty Monday to the shooting death of a man 45 years ago at the height of the civil rights movement.
The trooper, James Bonard Fowler of Black, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter. He had been charged with two counts of murder in the shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson during a melee in a restaurant in Marion in 1965.
More than five years ago, former Alabama state trooper James Fowler admitted to The Anniston Star that he shot an unarmed civil rights worker during a 1965 melee in a small, west-central Alabama town. Until his admission, the public did not know the identity of the man responsible for the gunshot wounds that killed Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion.
Now, 45 years after Jackson’s death, five...
Forty-five years ago, a man named Thad Christian died of a shotgun blast to the stomach on a rural stretch of road south of Jacksonville. Yet, his death did not garner the notice of the other killings that summer. It was covered in the press but quickly faded from the front pages even though the circumstances, according to news reports, were disturbing.
In February 2007, Alberto R. Gonzales, the attorney general under President George W. Bush, issued a stern warning to those who murdered blacks with impunity during the civil rights era: “You have not gotten away with anything. We are still on your trail.” He noted that time was short. The window of opportunity to solve racially motivated crimes more than 40 years old was closing. Families of...
Attorney General Eric Holder is circulating in Congress his second report on the Justice Department's efforts to solve 109 murder cases in the South during the 1950s and '60s that appear to have been racially motivated.
In late August 1965, Thad Christian, father of seven, set out to go fishing near his home in the rural community of Central City, west of Anniston.
While more than half of the unsolved civil rights era murders have been closed by the FBI, two local cases are still being investigated and a third has been added to the list for review.
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.