Edgar Ray Killen

 

 

Age: 92

 

Summary: former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, whose conviction came 41 years to the day after James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman were ambushed and killed by Klansmen while the three Freedom Summer workers had been investigating the burning of a black church near Philadelphia, Mississippi when a deputy sheriff had arrested them on a traffic charge, then released them after alerting a mob (before their bodies were eventually dug up, Mississippi's then-governor claimed their disappearance was a hoax) as the slayings shocked the nation, helped to spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, and were dramatized in the 1988 movie Mississippi Burning, who was 80-years-old when a Neshoba County jury convicted him of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005 despite his assertions that he was innocent.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from congestive heart failure and hypertension

 

Born: January 17, 1925

 

Died: January 11, 2018

 

Location: Parchman, Mississippi