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Mississippi Closes The Case On Freedom Summer Murders


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Carrie
- 782 days ago - thedailybeast.com
Fifty-two years ago today, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner went missing ~ and in a sad turn of events, the state has finally given up hope that their murderers will be brought to justice.



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Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 3:13 pm
On June 21, 1964 three civil rights workers—two White and one Black—went missing in Mississippi. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner were murdered while volunteering to register Black voters during Freedom Summer.

Yesterday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood officially closed the state’s latest investigation in the deaths of the three civil-rights workers.

“There’s nothing else we can do,” Hood said during a press conference. “Unless some other witnesses come forward, for history purposes the Mississippi Burning case is closed.”

Shared. . . maybe somebody might. . .
 

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 8:29 pm
I will never forget this.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 10:01 pm
TRAGIC
 

Animae C (506)
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 10:44 pm
WOW!

 

Michael C (217)
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 3:13 am
I hope that those involved in the death's of Cheney, Goodman & Schwerner, while escaping justice down in Mississippi, will one day face that justice when they stand in front of God...And I also hope that those three young Men are resting in the Peace of that same God!!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 1:02 am
Noted!
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 12:52 pm
What Michael Carney said.
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 2:23 pm
Noted.
 

pam w (139)
Thursday June 23, 2016, 2:47 pm
We can always hope for a death-bed confession, I suppose. No doubt the perpetrators are still proud of themselves?
 

Patricia N (9)
Friday June 24, 2016, 10:05 pm
Likely a group involved and they still feel the same way....hate.
 

Denise D (33)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 6:38 am
Justice WILL be served eventually, the rest of us have to be assured of that. But I hope Karma has already taken care of it, and the murderers are currently sweating their afterlife away!
 

margaret cochran (41)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 10:21 am
agree with micheal
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 2:26 pm
But what’s even more heartbreaking, says [Rev.] Chaney-Moss [sister of murdered James Chaney], is where we are today. Though things have changed, some things have remained the same she says.
It’s “a crime” that more than a dozen states have voter restriction laws, Chaney-Moss laments. Also, Mississippi is the only state that still flies the Confederate Flag over its statehouse and most recently Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a religious freedom bill targeting the LGBT community. The “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” would allow businesses, governments and others to refuse service to LGBT and transgendered persons based on their religious beliefs.

“We find ourselves with states across this country with Voter ID laws to prevent again people of color and young people from voting. We’re in a country that refuses to regulate assault weapons,” says Chaney-Moss. “The struggle continues in light of the voting rights laws, in light of the continued struggle for the privileges that J.E., Mickey and Andy sacrificed their lives. The work is yet to be done. The work is yet to be accomplished.”
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Darren and Pam - DOZENS of people KNOW, who the Killers were, and no doubt, exactly who did what.
Their entire FAMILIES know - and are [but not for publication!] actually PROUD of it.
They won't go to the FBI, because that would be "betraying" their Families, their entire COMMUNITIES, and their Families' and Communities' VALUES. They naturally STICK TOGETHER.

There WON'T be any "deathbed confessions", because THE FAMILIES ALREADY KNOW.
These things, in those communities, DON'T *NEED* TO BE KEPT "SECRET". They were definitely KNOWN from Day One!
Probably besides the actual murderers, there were dozens of WITNESSES to the murders, people who supplied the weapons, helped in the victims' hidden burial, enthusiastically and positively helped in the coverup, the murderers' alibis for the FBI, etc. etc. etc.

VIOLENCE has always been a concomitant to SLAVERY - AND in the PERPETUATION of Inequality that was Slavery's legacy! NEITHER could go on for one single second, without DEADLY VIOLENCE.

This is NOT some kind of "whodunit" problem. This is EVERYBODY KNOWS - EVERYBODY WATCHED - or were told, first-hand! - EVERYBODY APPROVED. Everybody still alive, remembers everything they saw or were told then, every detail.
But, if they talked to the FBI - they would THEMSELVES be murdered by their own Friends and Family, perhaps!
The Feds have just finally acknowledged this FACT, that they've done all they can, they wouldn't be getting anywhere against the Wall of Silence of the Community, that it's not worth spending more Time and Money on this.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 2:34 pm
Like the Lynchings, like the violence against the Chinese workers, and other Ethnic violence - these were ANYTHING BUT SECRET MURDERS. They were OPENLY CARRIED OUT on behalf of a COMMUNITY. Not like somebody seeking private revenge in the dark - JUST THE OPPOSITE.

The people who didn't actually COMMIT the hands-on actual murder, KNEW WHEN IT WAS BEING PLANNED, knew afterwards, and took any steps deemed necessary to hide the murders from the "nosy Outsiders".
They must've BRAGGED about it to their Children, their extended Families, and anyone who would listen.....

It may be hard for some people to realize, but THIS - IS - AMERICA.
Just like the people willing to be MARTYRS for Civil Rights, that is America ALSO.
But, WE CAN'T IGNORE THE DARK SIDE, either.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 2:49 pm
Oh, I see I was wrong, IT WASN'T THE FEDS, the FBI - it was MISSISSIPPI'S ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Probably - I ain't sayin' - but maybe, PART OF THE PROBLEM.....?????!!!!!

I wonder if the case IS STILL OPEN ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL.... I bet it IS.....
Remember, NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON MURDER.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 2:59 pm
'Mississippi Attorney General Hood has determined that despite one of the most intensely investigated and documented underlying investigations of any racially-motivated murder during the 1960s, followed by the exhaustive efforts of more recent reinvestigations, the passage of time has simply rendered additional prosecutions impossible.”

Dave Dennis, former SNCC member and co-director of Freedom Summer, says the case has not been totally resolved and the investigation should not be closed.

“They haven’t brought everybody to justice that was involved,” says Dennis. “No one has opened the door around the conspiracy theory in terms of how deep and how far-reaching was this plan to commit these murders. That piece has never been uncovered about how the high levels of the law enforcement across the state could have been involved in what happened to Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. Until they do that, I disagree with the fact that it’s closing.” '
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'No one has opened the door around the conspiracy theory in terms of how deep and how far-reaching was this plan to commit these murders. That piece has never been uncovered about how the high levels of the law enforcement across the state could have been involved in what happened to Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.'
'That piece has never been uncovered about how the high levels of the law enforcement across the state could have been involved in what happened to Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.'
'......how the high levels of the law enforcement across the state could have been involved in what happened'
'No one has opened the door around the conspiracy....'
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Yup, THE MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST - BE - A - PART - OF - THE - PROBLEM.

'That piece has never been uncovered about
how the high levels of the law enforcement
across the state
could have been involved in what happened to Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.'

THIS - IS - AMERICA, whether you woozy feel-good Liberulls like it, or not!!!!!
 

Lenore K (0)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 5:48 pm
ty
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 10:57 pm
"Yesterday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood officially closed the state’s latest investigation in the deaths of the three civil-rights workers."

On further thot, this suggests to me THAT HE HIMSELF, the Attorney General of Mississippi, IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COVERUP OF THE THREE MURDERS BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS - that he DAMN WELL KNOWS who was involved - like everyone else in the area, does! - and that maybe, the Investigation WAS GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE FACTS, and THAT'S why the Attorney General shut it down at this point!!!

THINK, people - if LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS INVOLVED IN THE CONSPIRACY TO MURDER - as it certainly appears was the case - then A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL is NOT going to talk "on his deathbed" or anywhere else! BECAUSE - that would necessarily involve IMPLICATING THE OTHER "LAW ENFORCEMENT" OFFICIALS - and, probably, current or past members of the STATE GOVERNMENT AS WELL.

If anyone DID make such a confession - they KNOW THAT THE OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE WOULD MAKE THEIR FAMILIES SUFFER FOR IT. Even if they themselves were dead!!!

Anyway, as I said before, dramatic DEATHBED "CONFESSIONS" ARE TOTALLY UNNECESSARY, when EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO DID IT ANYWAY. EVERYBODY, I repeat - EVERYBODY KNOWS.
It's just a matter of GETTING IT INTO COURT - if NOBODY IS TALKING.... or is EVER GOING TO TALK.....
 

Roro l (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 8:59 am
Thank you!

 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 2:38 am
It's probaly near impossible to find out what happened 52 years ago but it looks like bad policework at the time the crimes committed.
 
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