New details about the murders of 3 civil rights workers in Mississippi





Billy Wayne Posey has admitted he was with the Klansmen who chased, kidnapped, shot and buried three civil rights workers in Neshoba County in the summer of 1964.

But the state can't use his confession and never charged him in the killings.

The Clarion-Ledger has obtained a copy of his statement and nearly 40,000 pages of mostly sealed federal and state documents.

These documents include the entire FBI file in the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner and the state's most recent investigation, which ended with the 2005 conviction of Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen.

The Clarion-Ledger's analysis of those files uncovered sealed confessions by Posey and then-Deputy Cecil Price, documents detailing how a defense lawyer leaked information to the FBI, documents revealing who broke the Klan's code of silence in telling where the bodies were buried, and documents pointing to potential new witnesses.

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