Show Details for August 26th, 2007

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This Week’s Guests:

Mississippi journalist DONNA LADD on the 1964 Klan double murder prosecution and conviction

— DANIEL HOPSICKER on Barry Seal, the CIA, the drug trade, and the Mob


Mississippi journalist DONNA LADD on the 1964 Klan double murder prosecution and conviction

After 43 years, on Friday a guilty verdict and sentencing brought to a conclusion a double murder.

Two young black men, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, were tortured and killed by Klansmen in Mississippi in 1964. After 43 years, the case was finally brought to trial this year, resulting in a guilty verdict against James Ford Seale. Seale’s punishment, three life terms for counts of kidnapping and conspiracy, was announced on Friday. A co-conspirator was given immunity to testify against Seale.

Seale had been reported to be dead, but was found with persistent investigation by a victim’s brother and a number of journalists, including our guest. Donna Ladd is the editor of the Jackson Free Press in Mississippi. Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will talk to her about the case.

When Seale’s arrest was made early in 2007, relatives of the two victims spoke.

Henry Dee’s sister, Thelma Collins, told the AP through sobs: “I never thought I would live to see it, no sir, I never did. I always prayed that justice would be done — somehow, some way.”

“I’ve been crying. First time I’ve cried in about 50 years,” Thomas Moore, the 63-year-old brother of the victim Charles Moore, said after the arrest. He helped locate Seale.

At the sentencing on Friday, Thomas Moore said to Seale: “I hope you perhaps spend the rest of your natural life in prison thinking of what you did to Charles Moore and Henry Dee and how you ran for a long time but you got caught. I hope the spirit of Charles and Henry come to your cell every night and visit with you to teach you what is meant by love of your fellow man.”

Two years ago, victim’s brother Thomas Moore, and several men

including his nephew Michael Webster, erect a sign in front of

where murderer James Ford Seale was believed to live.

PHOTO: Kate Medley, Jackson Free Press

Two years ago, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted in the high-profile 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Earl Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman (the subject of the film “Mississippi Burning”). The Monitor interviewed Susan Klopfer, author of “Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited” about that case, and she spoke of the number of other unsolved murders of that time period.

At that time, Donna Ladd was leading a team of young native Mississippians to cover the Killen trial and began working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to revisit the 1964 Klan murders of Charles Moore and Henry Dee. Ladd’s story led to a series of national stories on the case and helped move the cold case to a national stage. She also reported for the first time that a primary suspect in the case was not dead as had been erroneously reported by The Clarion Ledger and the Los Angeles Times. The package of stories won second place in AAN’s 2006 investigative reporting contest.

Donna Ladd is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied journalism with a social justice focus. She used to write for the Village Voice and helped start the Colorado Springs Independent. After an absence of 18 years, she returned to her home state of Mississippi. In the first three years of the Jackson Free Press, Ladd has won five national writing awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

David Ridgen, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., shares credit for advancing the Seale investigation while filming a documentary about the case, which aired earlier this year, “Mississippi Cold Case.” He worked together with Thomas Moore, pictured above.

“I Want Justice, Too”
by Donna Ladd
July 20, 2005
Jackson Free Press

“Mississippi Cold Case” by David Ridgen, CBC

— DANIEL HOPSICKER on Barry Seal, the CIA, the drug trade, and the Mob


Independent journalist DANIEL HOPSICKER returns to the Monitor to discuss various topics with co-host Mark Bebawi, including Barry Seal, the CIA, the drug trade, and the Mob.

He is the author of Welcome to Terrorland, Mohamed Atta & The 9-11 Cover-up in Florida (2004: Mad Cow Press). He has also done several series of articles on voting machine companies, as well as on the Duke Cunningham scandal. Hopsicker lives in Venice, Florida.


Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida
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Documentary Mohamed Atta & the Venice Flying Circus

Read The Secret Heartbeat of America


2 thoughts on “Show Details for August 26th, 2007

    w seal said:
    August 26, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Hopsicker uses stolen footage to make his movie.

    themonitor responded:
    August 31, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Prove it.

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