Edgar Ray Killen! Another Pre-Draft Death!

Former pastor and KKK leader Edgar Ray Killen dove into the fiery depths today, at the age of 92! Originally released by an all-white hung jury in 1966, because that’s Mississippi, Killen would eventually be found guilty of manslaughter in 2005 and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murders of three civil rights activists – Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner – during the Freedom Summer campaign of 1964, trying to register African Americans to vote. In fairness, that same jury did convict seven members of the conspiracy – almost half! – none of whom spent more than six years in jail subsequently. It wasn’t until reporter Jerry Mitchell was inspired by the 1988 film Mississippi Burning (based largely on the murders) to delve into old civil rights murders, which led to convictions against Bobby Cherry for the Birmingham church bombing in ’63, Sam Bowers for orchestrating the murder of Vernon Dahmer, Killen, and Byron de la Beckwith for the murder of Medgar Evers. Like de la Beckwith before him, Killen died in prison. Today’s not a bad day.

And Sarah scores a second pre-draft death, picking up 18 points for Killen and extending an already decent lead! Nicely done!

Replacement picks are still pretty far down the road!

The draft is the day after tomorrow, folks! Get those picks ready to go!


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