Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ex-Klansman Is Sentenced to Life for Killings in 1964

Thomas Moore thanked Dunn Lampton, a United States attorney, for prosecuting James Seale, killer of his brother.

Photo by Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

It's been a painful forty-three years for the families of Charles Moore and Henry Dee, teenagers who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964, but I suspect killer James Seale never suffered from remorse. But it's nice to know that the truth seems to always come out in the end.

Below is the story from the New York Times by JERRY MITCHELL and BRENDA GOODMAN:

"JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 24 (2007) — Calling the crime “unspeakable because only monsters could inflict this,” a federal judge on Friday sentenced a former member of the Ku Klux Klan to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 kidnapping and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi.

"The victims, Henry H. Dee and Charles E. Moore, both 19, were hitchhiking in Meadville, Miss., when a group of Klansmen, including James Seale, picked them up and took them to a wooded area, where they were beaten and their weighted bodies thrown into the Mississippi River. Both young men drowned.

"Their bodies were not recovered until later that year in a high-profile search for three civil rights activists whose deaths generated widespread revulsion against the racial violence in Mississippi..."

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