BREAKING: US Supreme Court rejects former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen’s appeal in 1964 slayings of 3 civil rights workers in Mississippi. The deaths were dramatized in 1988 in the film “Mississippi Burning.”
Edgar Ray Killen, now 88, was convicted of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, 41 years after the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Killen, a former sawmill operator and one-time Baptist preacher, is serving 60 years in a Mississippi prison.
Schwerner and Goodman, two white men from New York, came to Mississippi in 1964 as part of Freedom Summer and teamed up with James Chaney, a young black Mississippi resident, to help register black voters. They were ambushed by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County and killed. They were buried in an earthen dam. It took weeks for their bodies to be found.