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Convict in 1964 Civil-rights Deaths Won't Confess

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Killen was interviewed on Monday by The Associated Press inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary, where he is serving a 60-year sentence. It was his first interview since his conviction on state charges of manslaughter in 2005, 41 years to the day after James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed and buried in a red clay dam. In his interview with the AP, Killen said he has never and will never talk about the events that became immortalized in the film "Mississippi Burning."


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