Archive | FBI cold cases

Use Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files to Write Your Own Fiction or Nonfiction Books, Author Susan Klopfer Says

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Adlena Hamlett: You will find her files in the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission data base. Family members once loaned me this photograph of her for my book, Who Killed Emmett Till? and I’ve always appreciated their assistance. sk Have you ever wanted to write your own book? This link to files on the story of Horace […]

McFadden’s ‘Gathering of the Waters’ Takes In-Depth Look at Emmett Till’s Murder

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Just another Mississippi County Courthouse Bernice L. McFadden’s new novel, Gathering of Waters, explores the history surrounding the brutal murder of Emmett Till, a major event in Civil Rights history. Rather than sticking close to the events of Till’s death, Gathering of Waters looks at generations before and after Till’s life in Money, Miss. Consider […]

FBI Report on Emmett Till Investigation

In March, 2007, the FBI released a summary of its 8000 page report of its investigation of the murder of Emmett Till. This report also includes the 354 page transcript of the 1955 murder trial of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant. The transcript had been lost for decades, but in the course of their […]

Federal building to be named after three civil rights heroes: Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner

Unidentified Mississippi woman eulogizes Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. (Photograph by Susan Klopfer. Taken during a ceremony on the courthouse steps of Neshoba County, Mississippi) After countless Mississippi buildings, reservoirs and post offices named after the likes of Sen. James O. Eastland, Gov. Ross Barnett and politician Walter Sillers, there’s finally an effort to […]

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, […]

Video Trailer on FBI Cold Cases

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Excellent video trailer on the cold cases project. Today in the American South, scores of civil rights murders remain unsolved, uninvestigated, unprosecuted, and untold. Those two legacies of violence and silence still haunt the region and continue to damage race relations in the United States. Many histories have been written about the struggle for civil […]

Boston Investigator Says FBI Cold Case List Lacks Names

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Ben Greenberg of Boston, a journalist and blogger investigating the Feb. 28, 1964, killing of Clifton Walker, north of Woodville, said he’s run across seven names in his research that don’t appear on the FBI list and weren’t cited by Burnham’s research. “And there might be more,” he said. Three of those – Lula Mae […]

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 […]