The 1964 killings of James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County sparked national outrage and helped to bring in the Civil Rights Act.
The case, one of more than 125 which remain unsolved from the civil rights era, later became the subject of Oscar-winning movie Mississippi Burning…
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said: “The evidence has been degraded by memory over time, and so there are no individuals that are living now that we can make a case on at this point.”
But he said if new information came forward due to the announcement that the case was closed, prosecutors could reconsider and pursue a case.
There remain murderers among us. Living out their lives while the remains of their victims turned to dust, long ago. Part of the unfortunate history of the unending fight for civil rights in the GOUSA.
6 thoughts on “‘Mississippi Burning’ Case Dropped After 52 Years”
Thank you for this. Never been able to watch that movie, yet. I was doing the exact same things as Goodman, Schwerner & Cheney, same time, some of the same places. It hurt too much to lose them and I don’t wish to remind myself of that feeling, again.
Its a pretty good movie. Hackman is excellent. Alan Parker directed if I’m not mistaken.
Re: FBI “MIBURN”: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/mississippi-burning Includes links to case records
“Read the letter the FBI sent MLK to try to convince him to kill himself” https://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/12/7204453/martin-luther-king-fbi-letter
“When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech before huge crowds on the National Mall in August 1963, the FBI took notice.
“We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security,” FBI Domestic Intelligence Chief William Sullivan wrote in a memo two days later.
A massive surveillance operation on King was quickly approved, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover became increasingly fixated on proving that King had communist ties and discrediting him generally.”
7AM MDT, tomorrow morning, 7th