I'm Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter who helped put four KKK members behind bars for many murders, including that of Medgar Evers. AMA!
I’m Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter with the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger. My specialty has been in investigating long-dormant murder cases, such as that of Ku Klux Klan member Byron de la Beckwith, who was tried twice in 1964 for the murder of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, both times ending in a hung jury. My work helped reopen the case and culminated in the conviction and life sentence of Beckwith in 1994.
My reporting has also played a key role in the convictions of Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers for ordering the fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer in 1966, of Bobby Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls, and of Edgar Ray Killen for helping to orchestrate the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi. I've also produced a broad range of reports on such subjects as racial reconciliation in the South and judicial bribes and chicanery in Mississippi, as well as a series on my own family’s battle against a rare genetic ailment.
I’ve been called “the South’s Simon Wiesenthal” and in 2009, I was named a MacArthur Fellow. Right now, I'm working on my memoir, “Race Against Time”. I look forward to your questions!
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Sorry for the delay, but I'm here to answer questions! Ask away.
Thanks so much for all your questions, but I have to head out for now. Really enjoyed this!