Edgar Ray Killen Dies; Klansman Behind Civil Rights Workers’ Murders In 1964

Convicted killer Edgar Ray Killen points to a family member during a recess in an appeal hearing for his bond in Philadelphia, Mississippi, September 9, 2005.

Edgar Ray Killen, the former Klansman responsible for the infamous murder of three Freedom Summer workers in 1964, has died in a Mississippi prison. Their story inspired the film Mississippi Burning.

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