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In prison the U.S. state of Mississippi at the age of 92 years died one of the former leaders of the ku Klux Klan Edgar ray Killen. About it writes Reuters.
Cause of death not known. On 17 January he would have been 93 years old.
In 2005, Killena was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder of rights activists James Chaney, Michael Swerner and Andrew Goodman in 1964-m Men entered the Congress of racial equality, that sought voting rights for African Americans. Members of the ku Klux Klan ambushed on human rights defenders and killed them. Body found a month later.
In 1967, Federal charges were tried 18 people, including a local leader of the ku Klux Klan, Sam Bowers, and Killena. According to the Prosecutor, the latter at the murder scene was not present, the sentence he could not endure. Seven people, including Bowers got ten years in prison, the other defendants were acquitted. One of the members of the jury said he did not believe that the “people of God” (Quillen was a priest at the local Baptist Church) might commit murder, adds the New York Times.
In 1998, the journalist Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) has released several articles and an interview with Bowers, who said that “the instigator of the murders after the process of 1967 left the court a free man”. After that, the authorities have again appeared interest to the investigation, according to Reuters. 40 years later Killen was brought before the court, according to the Agency, he became the first and only defendant directly to the murder.
The motives of the crime in 1988, in the United States made the film “Mississippi burning” (Mississippi Burning).
In February 2017, Missouri was killed by Frank Ancona, who called himself the “Imperial wizard” of the local cell ku Klux Klan. In the suspected murder of his wife and stepson.
Ku Klux Klan — a far-right radical organization in the United States created after the Civil war in 1865. The movement adheres to nationalism, racism, some branches also oppose communism. The “knights” organization staged lynchings of black Americans.
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