Saturday, June 16, 2007

Another civil rights era crime comes to justice...

Interesting to have found this among items in yesterday's Sun-Times. One of many obscure stories that still might make the news even today. We're not talking about murders of leaders but of 19 year old men.

If I had been following this case from the beginning when it hit federal court I would probably know if they were involved in any civil rights organization. This article doesn't even say. Here's the story and it's not worth languishing in my links...
JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal jury on Thursday convicted reputed Klansman James Ford Seale of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of two black teenagers.
Seale, 71, had pleaded not guilty to charges related to the deaths of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee. The 19-year-olds disappeared from Franklin County on May 2, 1964.

The prosecution's star witness was Charles Marcus Edwards, a confessed Klansman. Prosecutors acknowledged they made ''a deal with the devil.''

Edwards testified that Dee and Moore were stuffed, alive, into the trunk of Seale's Volkswagen. Edwards said Seale told him that Dee and Moore were attached to heavy weights and dumped alive into the river.

''Those two 19-year-old kids had to have been absolutely terrified,'' U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton told jurors, who sat quietly.

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