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Cold Cases in Louisiana & Mississippi – LSU Cold Case Project

The Manship School of Mass Communication works to bring closure to the families and the nation for the unsolved Klan-related homicides in Louisiana and southern Mississippi during the Civil Rights era.

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A man the FBI thought was dead recalls details of 1960 murders

Not a day has passed during the past 62 years that Willie Gibson hasn’t thought of Louisiana and the horrific shootings in Monroe that left four of his friends…

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“TRUST YOUR DOG,” Louisiana Search and Rescue Dog team used in cold cases

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James Ford Seale

James Ford Seale was a violent Klansman from Franklin County, Miss., who was convicted in 2007 in the 1964 murders of two Black teens. Seale was a member of the Silver Dollar Group… 

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James Lee Scarborough

James Lee Scarborough was a member of the Silver Dollar Group and one of several suspects in the 1964 murder of Ferriday shoe shop owner Frank Morris.

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Kenneth Norman Head

Kenneth Norman Head was a member of the Silver Dollar Group Klan and a close friend of Raleigh Jackson “Red” Glover, head of the SDG. Head was one of Glover’s early recruits in his Klan within a Klan

LSU Cold Case Project for Louisiana and Mississippi Unsolved Cases Hosts:

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Bitter Jaguar Listening Event

BATON ROUGE — The LSU Cold Case Project, LSU Storytellers Lab, and Manship School of Mass Communication will host a listening event for a new podcast series titled Bitter Jaguar:…

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Tommie Lee Jones

Tommie Lee Jones (1936-2007) was a Klansman from Natchez, Miss., who became one of the earliest and most violent members of the secret Klan cell known as the Silver Dollar…

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The Disappearance of Joseph Edwards

Joseph Edwards disappeared in Concordia Parish in July 1964. FBI records, a lengthy investigation by the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, LA, a book by LSU Cold Case Project associate director…

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Murder of Frank Morris

Frank Morris was 51 years old when Klansmen torched his shoe shop in Ferriday, LA, on December 10, 1964. He had been sleeping in a back room when he was…

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Ernest Avants

Ernest Avants was a Klansman who was convicted in 2003 for the murder of Ben Chester White, a 67-year-old farmhand in Adams County, Miss., who was slain in 1966. The…

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Louisiana Cold Case Gallery

The pictures we gather throughout the investigations.

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