Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2018

Edgar Ray Killen, Ku Klux Klan Leader Convicted Of Manslaughter, Dies In Prison At 92

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KKK leader Edar Ray Killen is taken into court fie sentencing for manslaughter i connection to the deaths of three civil rights workersn

Edgar Ray Killen was serving three consecutive 20-year sentences for the killings of civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner. Killen died at 9 p.m. on Thursday in the hospital at Mississippi State Penitentiary. His death was announced by authorities through a statement from the state’s corrections department website on Friday. No foul play was suspected.

Although the slayings of Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman were committed on June 21, 1964, Killen wasn’t convicted for the killings until June 21, 2005, four decades after the crimes.

Edgar Ray Killen was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. At the time of the murders, he was a 38-year-old sawmill operator and a part-time ordained Baptist minister. He became a “kleagle,” or klavern recruiter and organizer for the Neshoba and Lauderdale County Klan.

Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman were members of the Mississippi Summer Project when they were killed.

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Edgar Ray Killen, Ku Klux Klan Leader Convicted Of Manslaughter, Dies In Prison At 92