Mississippi Burning KKK Killer Edgar Ray Killen Dies

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — 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. Killen was a Ku Klux Klan organizer who planned and directed the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights activists participating in the Freedom Summer of 1964. Their disappearance and deaths shocked the country and helped catalyze the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The triple killing was also the basis for the 1988 Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning.Goodman’s brother, David, said Friday that he had been informed by Mississippi corrections officials at a Rankin County Correctional Facility that Killen had died at 9:00 PM Thursday.

 


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