Ex-Klansman convicted of orchestrating 1964 Mississippi civil rights killings

Edgar Ray Killen, 80, was found guilty today of felony manslaughter in the killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. Jurors rejected murder charges, but found Killen guilty of manslaughter for organizing the killings.

The victims, James Earl Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, had been helping to register black voters. Killen was caught in 1964, but on trial, the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction because one person said she could not convict a preacher. (Yes, there really are people like that in the South, even to this day.)

See also BBC coverage and New York Times coverage.

All I can say is, it’s about time. Forty-one years is far too long to wait for justice to be served.