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|Named Person:||Edgar Ray Killen|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xiv, 254 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Change in Mississippi : Mississippi vs. Edgar Ray Killen in perspective --
The 1964 murders, the 1967 federal conspiracy trial, and the long silence, 1964-1989 --
From silence to dialogue : initial efforts to reopen the 1964 murders case, 1989-2001 --
Toward the indictment of Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen, 2002-2005 --
The murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen, June 13-21, 2005 : participants, environment, and jury selection --
The murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen, June 13-21, 2005 : testimony and post-trial events --
Beyond 2005 : truth, reconciliation, and change in Mississippi.
The slaying of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964 was documented in Howard Ball's 2004 book Murder in Mississippi. Now Ball revisits that grisly crime to tell how, four decades later, justice finally came to Philadelphia. Originally tried in 1967, Baptist minister and Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was set free because one juror couldn't bring herself to convict a preacher. Now Ball tells how progressive-minded state officials finally re-opened the case and, forty years after the fact, enabled Mississippians to reconcile with their tragic past. Ball retraces the cycle of events that led to the resurrection of this cold case, reviews the strategies of the prosecution and the defense, examines the evidence introduced at the trial--as well as evidence that could not be presented--and also relates first-hand accounts of the proceedings. He also assesses the transformation in Mississippi's life and politics that allowed such a case to be tried after so long.--From publisher description.