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Whatsapp In Mississippi, tracking down the truth about a murder. He was driving home from the late shift at the International Paper plant, about thirty miles north in Natchez.

Three hundred yards later, the attackers stopped his car, most likely by roadblock or ruse, and gathered around with shotguns. They fired into his car at a close range. The next day, his body was found bled out in the car.

All of the windows were shot out, multiple bullet holes were observed in at least one door, and part of the steering wheel was blasted off. The Walker case is just one among thousands of violent, racially motivated acts from the civil rights era that remain unsolved. This one in particular illustrates the frustrations and lack of progress made since Congress directed the FBI to retroactively solve dozens of the most violent murders from this tumultuous chapter in American history.

But over the last six years, the FBI has quietly informed the vast majority of the families of these murder victims that they have come up cold. As such, there is no reasonable possibility that further investigation will lead to a prosecutable case.

Photo courtesy Catherine Walker Jones The last person to investigate the Walker case was special agent Bradley Hentschel, at least the third agent on the case since it was reopened. Hentschel was assigned to the case in the spring of , when he was twenty-five years old and had been employed as a special agent for less than a year.

For its part, the FBI contends that decades-old cold cases are among the most difficult an agent can be assigned. As the Department of Justice has noted to Congress: Two weeks after the Walker murder, on March 11, , two cars filled with white men attempted to run Butler and his wife, Money, off the Pretty Creek Bridge as they drove home from a local store in Kingston, about fifteen miles north of where Walker had been murdered.

The Mississippi Highway and Safety Patrol, which was investigating the Walker murder, interviewed Butler about the incident near the bridge. Whether Butler exposed himself to further violence by talking to investigators is unclear, but he soon faced a white mob himself. On April 5, , Butler was in Kingston again.

As on other Sunday mornings, he was working as a farmhand for a white couple, Louisa and Hayward Benton Drane. As he got to work in their barn, he found he was looking down the barrels of shotguns wielded by hooded men.

When Butler tried to flee, he was shot four times and badly wounded. She helped Butler onto the backseat of her car so he could stay out of sight as she drove him to the hospital in Natchez. He made his initial recovery under police guard. Decades later, Butler now seventy-five, slim, with a salt-and-pepper mustache and gold-rimmed glasses still wonders why he was targeted.

The stories of Clifton Walker and Richard Joe Butler are intertwined in a number of ways, perhaps most notably that local Klansman Ed Fuller, a suspect in the Walker killing , was also indicted for the shooting of Butler. After Butler was released from the hospital, he finished his recovery in hiding and then fled Mississippi initially to Tennessee, then to Indiana and finally California. The case against Fuller and two other alleged perpetrators fell apart. Fuller was the central link between the Walker and Butler cases, and the FBI records that Special Agent Hentschel accessed for his investigation show that Fuller became an informant for the highway patrol by November A Mississippi Highway and Safety Patrol investigator had identified two possible suspects for the District Attorney to arrest.

In the report, Fuller asserts a different set of suspects in the Butler shooting. Six suspects were originally identified and questioned by the highway patrol in the Butler shooting. At least two are still living. A third was alive when the Walker case was re-opened by the FBI in , but later died in According to the Department of Justice Notice to Close File, the official internal investigative summary and legal rationale for closing a case, the FBI did not interview any of the people who had been questioned in the Butler shooting.

Spokespeople for the Department of Justice, FBI Headquarters and the Jackson, Mississippi, field office, which conducted the investigation, refused to answer questions about why agents did not pursue these documents and interviews. So if the FBI ignored all these leads after reopening the case, what exactly did they pursue? In the letter to Catherine Walker Jones, the Justice Department included thin, secondhand testimony of a possible suspect, while failing to mention much harder evidence from another source.

The hearsay testimony included in the letter came from the nephew of a man named G. Sproles responded that he had something to do, and then shooed the witness away. A couple of days later the witness heard about the murder of your father and thought that Sproles was probably involved.

He also heard that the gun used was thrown off the Mississippi river bridge in Natchez. The witness further advised that Sproles was as sorry as the day was long, but did not elaborate further on this remark.

The witness indicated that he would not be surprised if Sproles was involved in the murder. As noted above, G. Sproles died in Nothing specifically ties G. Meanwhile, another potentially more fruitful lead appears to have been ignored. During the original investigation, highway patrol investigators Rex Armistead and H. Richardson located and met with Pike in Anniston, Alabama, where she had recently moved.

Pike lived with Fuller during the height of his Klan activities and was privy to much that he did. While the details of her report were spotty, Pike clearly showed knowledge of significant details in a number of cases and knew Fuller well enough that the FBI should have devoted considerable energy to finding and interviewing her.

In a telephone interview with Rex Armistead, who says he was the lead investigator on the Walker case for highway patrol back in , he told me Pike was important to the investigation. To date, my own searches for Pike have also come up empty.

Fuller died at forty-eight in I interviewed Armistead at least three times, starting in , but the Department of Justice investigative summary in the Notice to Close File makes no record of outreach to Armistead by the FBI at all. He died on December 24, two months after the Justice Department closed the Clifton Walker case.

When Special Agent Hentschel first contacted me on June 16, , he tried, unsuccessfully, to pressure me into giving him unpublished research that would jumpstart his investigation. During that conversation, I asked Hentschel if he was speaking to Armistead.

Either FBI contact with Armistead was not meaningful enough to report, or the bureau did not follow through on his leads and suppressed the failure in the official record of investigation. FBI investigators also ignored another important living witness, Milton Granger, a black truck driver from Louisiana.

FBI documents from the time of the initial investigation showed an interest in Granger, who had been at the Nettles Truck Stop near Woodville on February 28, Multiple Woodville residents said Granger told them he had witnessed the planning of the Walker murder at the truck stop, which is why he fled to New Orleans soon after.

Granger stood dapper and animated in his black church suit and small white soul patch that matched white tufts in his close-cropped grey hair. Attempting to break his reticence, the agents showed him autopsy photos of Walker.

He recalled specific information from the autopsy photos photos that are not part of the surviving FBI documents from fifty years ago. Granger also remembered seeing that Walker was shot six times on his right side twice in the shoulder, twice in the thigh and twice in the lower leg details not captured in any of the available highway patrol or FBI documents.

If the FBI interviewed Granger in New Orleans in , however, this would be evidence that the bureau played more than a monitoring role and conducted its own investigation. This indicates there was investigative activity and evidence that is not captured in the FBI documents released to me through a Freedom of Information Act request, and not reported to Walker Jones in the Department of Justice letter.

This discrepancy suggests two possibilities: FBI spokesperson Christopher M. Allen would make no comment on why Milton Granger was not contacted by agents during the present-day investigation, nor on whether the bureau lost documents from its investigation. Before the hurricane, she taught biology in New Orleans public schools for thirty-four years. In her free time she rides with the Bayou City Road Runners, a black motorcycle club founded in by her college sweetheart and second husband, Danny Jones.

Walker Jones has one daughter, age forty-four, and three sons, ages thirty-two, twenty-five, and twenty-three. She and Danny got back together in This season she is growing bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, corn and okra, as well as herbs oregano, Greek oregano, basil, rosemary and peppers: They moved to Zachary because it was impossible to stay in Mississippi after the murder.

No one stood up and cared and said what a good man my daddy was. That psychologically did a lot of damage to us. Because who was going to stop them? Can you imagine thinking like that as a kid? I knew it could happen because they had taken Daddy away. I wondered, how can there be a God to allow this man that his five children and his wife depended upon for their whole existence to be snatched prematurely? Clifton Walker with baby Catherine. I would make the memory of my daddy a priority.

I would make my daddy proud of everything I did in life. Even if it was not for myself, he would be my motivator. I am a blogger and investigative reporter who has been covering civil rights cold cases since Hentschel prodded me aggressively to give him anything I had developed that could advance the Walker case.

The thing he wanted to know most was how to find a woman named Emma Beasley. Cripple Armed George is reportedly dead, but it turned out Beasley was still alive. I started trying to find Beasley in when I first obtained highway patrol reports on the Walker case. His secretarial staff protects him. Woodville, the county seat, bordered by Louisiana to the south and the west, and Centerville, fifteen miles east.

An available white police chief was better than the black sheriff who was avoiding me. I called the Centerville Police Station. The police chief was at his desk when I came in. Heavyset, red-faced and informal in his navy blue polo shirt, Reese fit the stereotype of a white southern lawman. The wood paneling behind him was covered with plaques and certificates.


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