Archive | Adlena Hamlett

Could Oprah Fare Better on Cold Cases Than FBI? Is the Idea Really So Far-Fetched?

Nina Zachery-Black, 73, is sitting home alone today in Minneapolis-St. Paul, admittedly frustrated over the lack of help she’s received from the FBI in trying to find out what happened to her grandmother. Forty-four years ago, Adlena Hamlett and Hamlett’s friend, Birdia Keglar, were both killed after their car was hit head-on by a drunk […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases Dumped by the FBI; Join Me On a Quick Trip to the Delta

Getting ready (packing) for my trip to Mississippi to work on several cold cases that seem to be shunned by the FBI and others. Actually, the FBI has thrown in the towel and apparently won’t be using the $8 million they were awarded to investigate these killings of black people like Birdia Keglar, Adlena Hamlett, […]

Cold Case Deserves FBI Attention; Is the Dept. of Justice Too Lazy to Investigate Deaths of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett?

Suzanne Goldenberg of the Guardian writes: This is a Mississippi story. On January 11 1966, a gold-toned Plymouth Fury carrying a group of voting-rights activists crashed on a stretch of road near the small town of Sidon in the west of the state. Two African-American women, Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, were killed on that […]

Black History Month Program; Interview with Stuart Tanner on KRUUFM

New audio book, Who Killed Emmett Till? is based on the Emmett Till Blog and will be featured topic on upcoming KRUUFM interview with BBC Filmmaker Stuart Tanner This Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. CST I’ll be talking with BBC Filmmaker Stuart Tanner about the Mississippi Delta and my new book, “Who Killed Emmett […]

FBI Running Out of Excuses For Refusing Granddaughters’s Pleas; ‘Find Out What Happened to Adlena Hamlett and Birdia Keglar’


Adlena Hamlett, civil rights advocate, 44th Year Anniversary of Death By Susan Klopfer Two granddaughters of a killed civil rights activist want to see the FBI take a second look at what really happened to their grandmother back in 1966. As soon as the agency agrees to take a first look. To date, the U.S. […]

FBI and Cold Cases; Might as Well Buy a New Freezer, Families Say

Louis Allen, killed in Mississippi So it’s not just me that is unhappy over the Cold Case Initiative and the lack of leadership coming from the FBI. If you will recall, my friends Gwen Dailey and Nina Zachery-Black, relatives of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, are pretty disgusted with FBI agents and the bureaucracy surrounding […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases: Who Killed Adlena Hamlett? Birdia Keglar? James Keglar?

* * * Birdia Keglar, left, and Adlena Hamlett; both civil rights advocates killed in 1966. Why won’t the FBI put them on a cold case list? Civil rights cold cases are heating up around the country. This includes the state of Minnesota — where the granddaughter of a 1966 victim wants the FBI to […]

Cold Cases; From the Folks Who Brought Us COINTELPRO

An informative film on the FBI’s COINTELPRO conspiracy to kill major black leaders in the 1960s and early 1970s. Plus.. 33 Conspiracies That Turned Out to Be True

Cold Cases: Is Current List Good Enough to Work From? (I Don’t Think So)

Do questions remain about who was involved in the death of Medgar Evers? Was Byron de la Beckwith his true assassin? His only assassin? The only prosecutable person? After listening to stories still traveling through the Mississippi Delta, Evers would be a good name to add to the Cold Case list. President Barack Obama is […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases Heat Up; What Names Make the List?

Adlena Hamlett, killed in 1966. A cold case? Hamlett was a retired teacher who was killed on her way home from a civil rights event in Jackson, Miss. Also killed in the wreck was longtime friend and civil rights activist, Birdia Keglar. Both women were from Charleston in Tallahatchie County. Keglar was a business woman.—–Civil […]