Mississippi burning case: KKK killer Edgar Ray Killen dies

Mississippi burning case: KKK killer Edgar Ray Killen dies
 

Edgar Ray Killen, the 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted over the infamous deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, has died.
The 92-year-old was serving a 60-year sentence, after being jailed in 2005, four decades after the 1964 murders.
The men were detained by police, before being ambushed and shot by Klansmen who were tipped-off about their release.
Their disappearance and deaths shocked the country and helped catalyse the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
The triple killing was also the basis for the 1988 Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning, a fictionalised take... read more

 
13 January 2018 in World News, Views: 68
Source: BBC
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