Former Klan Leader Convicted in 1964 Murders

A jury in Philadelphia, Miss., finds 80-year-old former preacher and Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen guilty of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers. The jury rejected more serious murder charges pressed by the prosecution. The deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner helped galvanize the Civil Rights movement.

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