Edgar Ray Killen

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Edgar Ray Killen
Edgar Ray Killen Mugshot.jpg
Booking photo, late 1964
Born(1925-01-17)January 17, 1925
DiedJanuary 11, 2018(2018-01-11) (aged 92)
Other namesPreacher
Criminal statusDeceased
Conviction(s)Manslaughter (3 counts)
Criminal chargeMurder (3 counts)
Penalty60 years imprisonment

Edgar Ray Killen (January 17, 1925 – January 11, 2018) was an American murderer and Ku Klux Klan organizer.

Killings[change | change source]

Killen planned and directed the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights activists participating in the Freedom Summer of 1964.[1][2] He was found guilty in state court of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, the forty-first anniversary of the crime, and sentenced to 60 years in prison. He appealed against the verdict, but the sentence was upheld on April 12, 2007, by the Supreme Court of Mississippi.[3]

Lawsuit[change | change source]

On February 25, 2010, the Associated Press reported that Killen filed a lawsuit against the FBI.[4] The case was dismissed by a judge a year later in February 2011.

Death[change | change source]

Killen died in prison in Parchman, Mississippi on January 11, 2018, six days before his 93rd birthday.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Mississippi Burning' Case Begins New Chapter, as Prof. Ken Bode Previews Trial - DePauw University". Depauw.edu. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  2. "Civil Rights Movement Veterans Website -- Neshoba Murders Case — A Chronology". Crmvet.org. Retrieved January 13, 2018. no-break space character in |title= at position 63 (help)
  3. Killen v. State, 958 So.2d 172 (Miss. 2007).
  4. Holbrook Mohr (February 25, 2010). "Ex-Klansman sues FBI, claims agency used mafia hit man and secret informants against him". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  5. Jerry Mitchell, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger (January 12, 2018). "Klansman who orchestrated Mississippi Burning killings dies in prison". USA Today. Retrieved January 12, 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)