Did the FBI fail in trying to resolve Civil Rights cold cases?

Fourth in a four-part series

A retired FBI agent was at a Christian retreat in the late 1990s when a churchgoer confided he had witnessed a shooting of five Black men in 1960 that he believed had been racially motivated.

And when Congress started to pressure the FBI in 2007 to investigate dozens of cases involving violence by the Ku Klux Klan and other whites during the Civil Rights era, the retired agent told an active agent what he had heard, FBI documents say.

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