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Day 8, Curtis Flowers Mississippi Murder Trial; Smoke and Fog…

Dr. Alan Bean, forensic historian, is covering this historical murder trial in Winona, Mississippi. Here is his report on Day Eight: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” The prosecution of Curtis Flowers rests on this bit of folk wisdom. Curtis told investigators he never strayed onto the east side of Highway 51 on the morning in […]

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 […]

Appeals Court Affirms Conviction Of Reputed Klansman In Civil Rights Era Cold Case In Miss.

James Ford Seale (Daily Mail, UK) A federal appeals court has upheld the 2007 conviction of a reputed Ku Klux Klan member in the kidnapping of two black men who were abducted and killed in rural Mississippi in 1964. In a 2-1 ruling, the panel of judges said the evidence in the case against James […]

Mississippi Woman Could Go To Prison For life For $11 Robbery


The nightmare began on Christmas Eve in 1993 when Rasco’s two daughters, Jamie and Gladys Scott, left a mini-mart near their home in Scott County, Mississippi. Their car broke down, and they hitched a ride from two young men, one of whom they knew. But later that evening, the men were robbed at gunpoint by […]

New Black History Book: Who Killed Emmett Till?

New Book Announcement: Who Killed Emmett Till?by Susan Klopfer What others are saying about Susan Klopfer’s civil rights books “Susan Klopfer, the leading authority on the historiy of the Mississippi civil rights movement … Thank God for enterprising historians like Susan Klopfer who have the courage to state the obvious.” Alan Bean, Ph.D., Friends of […]

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act; Sykes wants to meet with U.S. AG Eric Holder to set Act in motion; needs financial support

Alvin Sykes, seeks justice for Emmett Till Mary SanchezThe Kansas City Star So you might think that Alvin Sykes is a desperate man these days. He knows that each passing day is another lost in his nearly decade-long crusade to solve civil rights era murders. He’s already done what few could fathom, helping persuade federal […]

Remembering Martin Luther King — in Mississippi

by Susan Klopfer Mississippi was one of the most potentially deadly spots for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to appear during the civil rights years, yet he often did so – and not without tremendous personal risk. Tougaloo College sociology professor, Hunter Bear, (Hunter Gray/Dr. John R Salter, Jr.) left his teaching job, was accused […]

Civil Rights Stories: Cleve McDowell

Civil Rights Lawyer Murdered 11 Years Ago; Questions Remain Eleven long years have come and gone since the murder of black criminal lawyer Cleve McDowell, who was shot to death in his Mississippi Delta home. On the morning of March 13, 1997, the naked, lifeless body of Cleve McDowell, 56, was discovered by his youngest […]

Fannie Lou Hamer: New Civil Rights Book Reveals Fear of Murder

Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony [Democratic National Convention, 1964] wasn’t the whole truth. A recent biography of Hamer, “For Freedom’s Sake,” by University of Georgia professor Chana Kai Lee, reveals that she omitted a key fact: She had also been sexually abused by the law enforcement officers. Lee implies that Hamer did not tell the Credentials […]