FBI Informant Who Infiltrated KKK Dead at Age 94

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By Danny Fenster

FBI informant Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, passed away this weekend near St. Augustine, Fla., at the age of 94, reports the International Business Times. Kennedy had been in hospice care at a nearby hospital.

Kennedy, using the name of a deceased uncle and former klansman, gained membership and trust within the Ku Klux Klan throughout the 1940s and 50s, spilling secrets about and ridiculing in books and radio the secret rituals and views of the klan, the publication reported. Rejected for military service, Kennedy sought to fight “homegrown racial terrorists” instead.

Kennedy provided information to the FBI, IRS, the Anti-Defamation League and Washington Post columnists Drew Pearson, and testified in the grand jury about the klan’s involvement in the bombing death of NAACP leader Harry T. Moore, all of which helped to weaken the racist organization, the publication reported.

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