Tag Archives | Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

Did Mississippi U.S. Senator James O. Eastland Help Plan the Kennedy Assassination?

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U.S. Senator James O. Eastland was also a cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta. In my new book The Plan, I’ve written quite a lot about the late Mississippi U.S. Senator James O. Eastland. This new book is historical fiction and Eastland is one of the “real” people I’ve used to tell the story of two […]

Mississippi had its own spy agency — not as high.tech as NSA, but “effective.” Records on Medgar Evers and others —

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Behind the Magnolia Curtain … Mississippi and its Sovereignty Commission; precursor to NSA? Mississippi Sovereignty Commission spied on Medgar Evers. Here are a few files to get you started. Want to see more? Go to http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/for a name or file search. Remember this is “low tech” days and there will be various spellings of his […]

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 […]

Who was Otto F. Otepka and Why Did Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Keep a File?

Beginning in 1957, Otto F. Otepka served as Deputy Director of the State Department Office of Security. This meant that Otepka was in charge of granting security clearances for all State Department personnel. A cadre of people worked under his supervision. From this position of considerable responsibility, Otepka was plunged into a nightmare universe of […]

Names Sometimes Associated With JFK Assassination Found in Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files

Looking for names sometimes associated for various reasons with the JFK assassination?? Well, I can’t say look no further — because I have the ultimate guide. However — Here’s a partial list of some pretty interesting names that can be found in the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission files. (I will update this list as I run […]

As Long as Kennedy is in power — (Mississippi and JFK)

In June of 1963, the University of Mississippi must decide whether or not to block the entrance of a second black student to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). But “so long as the Kennedy’s are in power, situations like this will have to be endured…” notes an investigator for the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. Did […]

Who Knew What Before Freedom Summer

Months before the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney Mississippi Sovereignty Commission officials were talking about “doing something about the outsiders.” Here’s a fascinating memo sent to the head of the Commission by Vicksburg detective John D. Sullivan who did investigative work for the state-funded spy organization. Interestingly, a year before this […]

Cleve McDowell Autopsy; interesting… (Mississippi civil rights advocate, lawyer. Murdered in 1997)

Many of you may be interested in looking at the entire autopsy of Cleve McDowell. I believe that I own the only copy, since the state of Mississippi said it “disappeared” with time… https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwmgTfJtEx11SW5lMmU0VDJEQUk/edit# Pretty interesting stuff, and I have written quite a bit about the person who conducted this autopsy and the observations of […]

Asa Earl Carter — the Forrest Bedford of the Native American literary world?

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I was fascinated by a recent public television documentary about a man named Asa Carter who changed his name mid-life name to Forrest Bedford Carter, becoming an author of a controversial memoir, now recognized as a work for fiction, The Education of Little Tree. Asa Carter, segregationist, aka Forrest Bedford Carter, the Native American author […]