Black People : Former Klansman Indicted for 1964 Kidnapping and Murder of Two African American Men

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    Former Klansman Indicted for 1964 Kidnapping and Murder of Two African American Men

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal court in
    Mississippi today unsealed a three-count indictment charging James Seale, a
    former member of the Ku Klux Klan, with two counts of kidnapping and one
    count of conspiracy related to his role in the abductions and slayings of
    two African American men in 1964.

    The indictment alleges that Seale and other Klansmen conspired to
    abduct, interrogate, beat and eventually murder Henry Hezekiah Dee and
    Charlie Eddie Moore, both 19 years old at the time. Seale and his
    co-conspirators allegedly believed that Dee might have knowledge about
    African Americans importing firearms to Franklin County.

    "The brutal murders of these two young men have gone unanswered for
    more than 40 years," said Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. "This
    prosecution demonstrates the Department of Justice's ongoing commitment to
    enforce fundamental civil rights protections. The sun will not set on such
    wrongs, and the Department will work to bring about justice in this case."

    "Today's indictment is one example of the FBI's strong and ongoing
    commitment to reexamining and investigating unsolved Civil Rights-era
    murders and other crimes, supported by available evidence, today's forensic
    tools, persons who can provide information, and the ability to establish
    federal jurisdiction-no matter how long it takes," said FBI Director Robert
    S. Mueller, III. "Under our Cold Case Initiative, we will continue to
    identify and pursue these cases of racially motivated violence to ensure
    justice is served wherever possible."

    According to the indictment, on May 2, 1964, the defendant and his
    accomplices abducted Dee and Moore and drove the two young men into the
    Homochitto National Forest in Franklin County, Mississippi, where the
    Klansmen beat the victims and interrogated them at gunpoint. Seale and the
    other Klansmen then allegedly bound the two men with duct tape.

    The Klansmen allegedly then drove the victims to Parker's Landing in
    Warren County, Miss., on a route that took them through the state of
    Louisiana. Once at Parker's Landing, the Klansmen secured Dee to an engine
    block and threw him into the Old Mississippi River, drowning him. The
    Klansmen next secured iron weights to Moore, and also threw him into the

    Several months after the kidnappings and murders, divers recovered from
    the river the badly decomposed remains of the two young men.

    No one has ever been prosecuted for the murders of Dee and Moore.

    The indictment resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of
    Investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Civil Rights Division of
    the United States Department of Justice. The Franklin County Sheriff's
    Office, the Adam's County Sheriff's Office, and the Mississippi Department
    of Public Safety also assisted in the investigation.

    An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed
    innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice


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    Justice finally about to be served after years and years of misleads