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Archive for February 28th, 2010

FBI Ready to Close All But a Handful of 100-Plus Civil Rights Killings

Early Days of KKK in Fla./ fbi via national archive

Early Days of KKK in Fla./ fbi via national archive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some murder cases during the civil rights era aren’t likely to end up in court.

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson reports that “three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful.”

The Post reports that investigators know in most cases who the culprits are, but indictments aren’t likely because the suspects died and it has only gotten tougher to gather evidence.

“There’s maybe five to seven cases where we don’t know who did it,” FBI Special Agent Cynthia Deitle told the Post. “Some we know; others we know but can’t prove. For every other case, we got it.”

The story surfaces just days after Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen, who is serving a 60-year-sentence in the slaying of three civil rights workers in 1964, filed a lawsuit alleging that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used a member of the Mafia to beat  and intimidate people to get information for the FBI in his case.

To read the full Post story click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

New York Times Editorial Backs Independent Verification of FBI Findings in Anthrax Case

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a report that is supposed to clinch the case that a lone scientist mailed anthrax-laced letters in 2001, terrorizing a country already traumatized by the 9/11 attacks.

The agency cites voluminous circumstantial evidence that is largely persuasive, but its report leaves too many loose ends to be taken as a definitive verdict.

The scientist — Dr. Bruce Ivins, an Army biodefense expert — killed himself in 2008 as the investigation moved ever closer to an indictment. That means the evidence and the F.B.I.’s conclusion that he was the culprit and acted alone will never be tested in court.

To read more click here.

Retired DEA Agent Found Dead in New Jersey Park; Suicide Suspected

dea_color_logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A retired DEA agent was found dead  Saturday morning in a secluded area of a park in Woodcliff Lake,  N.J. in Bergen County , according to NewJersey.com.

Preliminary reports indicated the cause of the death for retired agent Brian Collier, 53, was suicide, the website reported.

The body was found in Wood Dale Park in Woodcliff Lake shortly before 10 a.m., the website reorted.

After retiring from the DEA, Collier served as a director of the Edison Township Police force until 2009, the site reported.