Scene outside Meridian courthouse (NYT photo)
Ten conspirators at arraignment
Deputy Sheriff Price and Sheriff Rainey at arraignment. (Neshoba County had the largest per capita consumption of chewing tobacco of any county in the United States.)
Delmar Dennis was a young Methodist minister and Klan member who became a vital witness for the government in the Mississippi Burning trial. In his trial testimony, Dennis described the June 16th Klan meeting in an abandoned school building in which the plan to murder Schwerner was discussed. He also described and explained a coded letter by Sam Bowers to Klan members urging silence in the face of the FBI investigation of the killings. Finally, Dennis may have sealed Bowers's conviction by quoting a remark he made following the murders: "It was the first time that Christians had planned and carried out the execution of a Jew."
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Prediction: if the answer is something else, we'll not find out from the LSM.
The foreigner is a little imprecise. The Klan was formed in Middle Tennessee. East Tennessee didn't need any help from anybody in reestablishing anything. We were always loyal to the Union in our part of the state and probably more loyal to the Union than such Copperhead dens as New York City. We didn't need any help From the USA in reconstructing Tennessee. No postwar military rule in Tennessee. In 1865 a loyal Tennessean, William Brownlow of Knoxville, became governor and reconstructed the state in a manner that would satisfy any radical Republican.
these were democrats.
I lived in Meridian from '81-'83 ... there were still severe tensions, just not out in the open.
I would think at age 79 I would want to come clean and get right with the Lord. How anyone could live with this on their conscience this long is beyond me. This is not the early 50's and he cannot claim the stupidity of youth. He will meet his Maker and will confess but it will be too late.