A leader of the United States white extremist group, the Ku Klux Klan who was convicted of the murder of three civil rights workers, has died in prison. The man whose case was picked up in the movie "Mississippi Burning" died at the age of 92.
Edgar Ray Killen was serving a 60-year prison sentence for the 1964 murder case. The three victims were killed while in the state of Mississippi as part of an attempt to record black voters. The case raised public opinion about segregation and helped pass the Civil Rights Law. The case also inspired the film "Mississippi Burning" who won an Oscar in 1988.
US officials said Edgar Ray Killen died on Thursday (11/1) local time. "The cause and mode of death are still waiting for the autopsy results, but nothing suspicious," the Mississippi Missions Agency said in a statement.
Killen was charged with orchestrating the killing of the three civil rights workers, comprised of two white men and a black man. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner initially disappeared after being captured by local police and later released. The deputy sheriff captured them, informed the KKK of his third detention, and Killen then ordered a group of KKK members to attack the three victims.
The three victims were initially declared missing, and the FBI joined in search efforts to find them. A few weeks later, the bodies of the three victims were found in a custodian. They were shot at close range. Chaney, the only black among all three, has been severely beaten.
(ita / ita)