James Ford Seale dies

August 4th, 2011 - 12:07 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) James Ford Seale, the convicted Ku Klux Klan killer, has died in prison at the age of 76. Seale was sentenced to three life in jail in 2007 when he was found guilty of racial killings in the 1960s.

Seale was long thought dead but a CBS documentary “Mississippi Cold Case” tracked him right to where he was living. The documentary was made by a brother of one of Seale’s victims and CBS’s David Ridgen. The piece has since won several awards.

In 1964 at the height of the racial violence in Mississippi, two African-American teenagers who had gone on hitchhiking went missing. After more than two months of search, the decomposing bodies of the two were found in the Mississippi River. The police initially arrested Seale who was then 28 years old and another man Charles Edwards who was also 31 years at that time. The two were however released without trial and the case was believed to have gone cold.

When Seale was found, he was living near where the incident happened.

A spokesperson of the Federal Bureau of Prisons told reporters that Seale died on Tuesday. He was held at the Terre Haute, Ind.

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