With leads in the case dwindling and no arrest in sight, Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson enforced a 7pm curfew on the city of Atlanta’s children. The murderer at that time was referred to as “the child killer”. Most people believed the killings were conducted by racial hate groups such as the KKK. It was not until 21 June 1981 when a 23 year old, black man was charged for the first degree murder of two adults, 27 year old Nathaniel Cater and 22 year old Jimmy Ray Payne. Wayne B Williams was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment as he was also linked to the murder of the other victims (Nickell and Fischer 1999).
According to Klansmen, who attended the unit's weekly meeting, Hays had preached that Wednesday saying, “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man”(Kornbluth). A young black male, Michael Donald, was abducted in downtown Mobile, Alabama and taken somewhere across the bay. Two Ku Klux Klan members, Francis Hays and James “Tiger” Knowles, were arrested and charged with the murder. A third individual, Benjamin Cox, was also charged as an accomplice. The three were sent to trial and one was executed, Hayes, and the other two are serving time in prison.
Three martyrs that show how Mississippi history has changed from past to present: Emmett Till in 1955, Medgar Evers in 1963, and James Craig Anderson in 2011. Emmett Till was murdered before the civil rights movement gained momentum in Mississippi. Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963 for his efforts to lead the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Years after the Civil Rights Movement tore down many barriers to equality for Blacks in Mississippi, James Craig Anderson’s murder was a racially motivated hate crime which shows there is still work to be done in Mississippi. Emmett Louise Till: Born July 25, 1941: Murdered August 28, 1955.
Michael Schwerner, the first white civil rights worker, earned the hostility of the KKK by organizing a black boycott of a white-owned business and aggressively trying to register blacks in and around Meridian to vote (Linder). James Chaney, a native black Meridian, was in Ohio to attend a program to train recruits for the Mississippi summer project which is a program that aimed at improving the lives of black Mississippians (Linder). Also being trained was a college student Andrew Goodmen (Linder). Sam Bowers, the imperial wizard of the white knights of the KKK of Mississippi, sent word in May, 1964 to the Klansmen of Lauderdale and Neshoba County that it was time to activate “plan 4” (Linder). Plan 4 provided for “the elimination” of the despised civil rights activists, was at Mount Zion church during a meeting.
Kanetra Harris March 11, 2014 4th Block Mississippi Burning The Mississippi Burning Case Began in 1964 when a campaign named Freedom Summer was started to get african americans registered to vote in the southern states. Thousands of people both african american and caucasian joined each other along with the organization CORE to drive to these states and get the blacks registered to vote. It was then that three young civil right working men; Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were brutally murdered by the Klu Klux Klan. Both Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were working in Neshoba County, Mississippi registering blacks to vote. they opened Freedom schools and organized many actions to boycott local white businesses, in Meridan.
The awakenings of 1954 to 1956 lead to several events happen in the black community. In August 28, 1955, the awakening resulted as the murder of the 14-yea-old Emmett Till, who was visiting his relative in Mississippi, was brutally murdered and his body thrown in Tallahatchie River found after three days of search by a fisherman. Emmett Till broke the unwritten law of the Jim Crow south. Till mother decide to let the world see what happened to her son through open casket funeral. Many people worldwide saw the brutality the boy suffered.
Dennis Rader got married to her wife Paula in 1971 and had two kids. On January 15 of 1974, Rader committed his first murder; killing four members of the Ortero family in their own home which he says that these are his “projects”. After murdering and slaying numerous people, Rader would steal items as his reward or his souvenir. He also would leave semen at the scene due to having sexual pleasure from killing. The fifteen year old son of Joseph and Julie Ortero, Charlie, came home that day and shockingly discovered the bodies of his family.
She was thrown in jail but the black community came together and boycotted the buses. The boycott lasted more than a year and is ... ... middle of paper ... ... how when the jury was deliberating, the verdict took more than the expected five minutes. This tells the reader that there was some type of dispute about the verdict. Works Cited “Civil Rights Movement.” 2013. The History Channel website.
Moores Ford Lynching On July 25, 1946, two young black couples- Roger and Dorothy Malcom, George and Mae Murray Dorsey-were killed by a lynch mob at the Moore's Ford Bridge over the Appalachee River connecting Walton and Oconee Counties (Brooks, 1). The four victims were tied up and shot hundreds of times in broad daylight by a mob of unmasked men; murder weapons included rifles, shotguns, pistols, and a machine gun. "Shooting a black person was like shooting a deer," George Dorsey's nephew, George Washington Dorsey said (Suggs C1). It has been over fifty years and this case is still unsolved by police investigators. It is known that there were atleast a dozen men involved in these killings.
In 1856 the same group attacked the Kansas territory where Brown and his family resided, which much like anyone would he saw as a threat and attacked in revenge killing 5 pro-slavery activists. Not much later the activists retaliated killing Browns son (Utter 1883). Brown and a group of men planned to go to Harpers Ferry, Virginia and seize the U.S arsenal. His plan was funded by various wealthy northern abolitionists and on October 16, 1859 his plan started to come into action. After the two-day battle back and forth between Browns men and the U.S Marines, seventeen people had died and Brown was arrested and put to trial, which led to the jury decision on November 2, 1859 for him to be hanged for murder and treason.