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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. […]

Louis Allen Cold Case; Family Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired of FBI; No Results

In 1943, at age 23, Louis Allen enlisted in the Army. He drove ammunition trucks in New Guinea during World War II. While there, Louis also started boxing. His burly 5-foot-8-inch, 220-pound frame made him a formidable fighter. In July 1944, he received an honorable discharge. According to his discharge papers, his character was rated […]

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

Counter Intelligence Programs Against Activists in the 60s: COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States. The FBI used covert operations from its inception, however […]

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act Becomes Law

Lake outside of Drew, Miss. where over the years bodies of black women were dumped. Lore is that female Klan members murdered the women, believing they had slept with their husbands.* * * A five-year quest to get the government to pay attention to half-century-old, unsolved murders from the civil rights era has finally paid […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: T.R.M. Howard Believed More Than Two People Involved in Till’s Murder

From Jackson, Medgar Evers worked quickly to try and pull the FBI into the Emmett Till murder investigation. In Chicago, the Public Defender formally asked the White House if it was going to become involved. At the same time, from the Delta, Dr. T.R.M. Howard went to work. Like many black journalists and political leaders, […]

Mississippi Stories — Sometimes Hard to Believe

Quitman county courthouse in Mississippi — read the slogan and “Believe It Or Not.” I’ve been finishing the new book based on this blog, Who Killed Emmett Till? It’s been a fascinating journey and one that has helped me remember some of the specific stories about our time spent in Mississippi. When writing about the […]

Who Killed Emmett Till

* * * * * In this video by the History Channel, here’s an opportunity to see Money, Miss. and hear the story of what happened to Emmett Till. Includes interviews with relatives, photographs, excerpts from plays — it is wonderful! If you want to know why this is a cold case, take a look.