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August 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
More than three decades after the firebombing death of civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, the man accused of being the mastermind of the attack faced his fifth trial Monday. Attorneys at the Forrest County Courthouse began seating a panel for the murder and arson trial of former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers. Dist. Atty. Lindsay Carter, as he walked to the courthouse Monday, said prosecutors want to "put some closure into this matter for the Dahmer family, and they deserve that.
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August 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
An elated Samuel H. Bowers boasted in 1966 that "my boys" in the Ku Klux Klan had carried out his orders to kill civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, witnesses testified Thursday. The testimony came at the onetime Klan chief's trial on murder and arson charges as the prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases. Closing arguments are scheduled for today.
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January 10, 1993 | JACK NELSON, Jack Nelson is The Times' Washington bureau chief. This article was adapted from "Terror in the Night: The Klan's Campaign Against the Jews," published this month by Simon and Schuster
A LITTLE PAST 10 P.M., THE SHOCK OF AN ENORmous explosion shook Al Binder's antebellum home in a fashionable section of Jackson, literally lifting him out of bed. Instantly the young lawyer was wide awake. His synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, was only half a mile away and because of all the Klan threats against the Jewish community he immediately figured it had been bombed. He worried about Rabbi Perry Nussbaum, who often worked late.
NEWS
August 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Vernon Dahmer was targeted for death by Samuel H. Bowers and his White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan because of his efforts to register blacks to vote, an FBI informant said Wednesday. And the lawyer defending Bowers at his arson and murder trial attended a meeting where the Klan attack on Dahmer's home was discussed, former Klansman Billy Roy Pitts testified, bringing an unsuccessful defense demand for a mistrial. Bowers is being tried for the fifth time in connection with the Jan.
NEWS
August 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Vernon Dahmer was targeted for death by Samuel H. Bowers and his White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan because of his efforts to register blacks to vote, an FBI informant said Wednesday. And the lawyer defending Bowers at his arson and murder trial attended a meeting where the Klan attack on Dahmer's home was discussed, former Klansman Billy Roy Pitts testified, bringing an unsuccessful defense demand for a mistrial. Bowers is being tried for the fifth time in connection with the Jan.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
Civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer braved a fire so hot it peeled the skin from his arms as he fought to save his wife and children from a Ku Klux Klan attack 32 years ago, his family testified Tuesday. Hours after the firebombing, he died in the arms of his wife, Ellie Dahmer, she testified at the murder and arson trial of former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard Samuel H. Bowers, now 73.
NEWS
May 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
A former Ku Klux Klan leader who was tried twice during the 1960s in the firebombing death of a black civil rights activist was arrested again Thursday on charges of masterminding the crime. Samuel Bowers, 73, was charged with murder and arson in the 1966 attack that killed Vernon Dahmer. Two other men were also arrested. In the previous trials, one each in state and federal court, the juries deadlocked.
NEWS
August 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
An elated Samuel H. Bowers boasted in 1966 that "my boys" in the Ku Klux Klan had carried out his orders to kill civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, witnesses testified Thursday. The testimony came at the onetime Klan chief's trial on murder and arson charges as the prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases. Closing arguments are scheduled for today.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers, who was sentenced to life in prison eight years ago for ordering the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, died of cardiopulmonary arrest in a state penitentiary, officials said. He was 82. Bowers was convicted of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer Sr., a civil rights activist who had fought for black rights.
NEWS
June 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
A judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the murder case of a businessman accused of taking part in the 1966 slaying of civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer. The judge said the jury improperly heard a key prosecution witness mention a possible Ku Klux Klan-related threat. Defense attorneys for the businessman, Charles Noble, had sought the mistrial after FBI informant Billy Roy Pitts testified he was being watched last week by a former Klansman and felt threatened because of his testimony.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
Civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer braved a fire so hot it peeled the skin from his arms as he fought to save his wife and children from a Ku Klux Klan attack 32 years ago, his family testified Tuesday. Hours after the firebombing, he died in the arms of his wife, Ellie Dahmer, she testified at the murder and arson trial of former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard Samuel H. Bowers, now 73.
NEWS
August 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
More than three decades after the firebombing death of civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, the man accused of being the mastermind of the attack faced his fifth trial Monday. Attorneys at the Forrest County Courthouse began seating a panel for the murder and arson trial of former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers. Dist. Atty. Lindsay Carter, as he walked to the courthouse Monday, said prosecutors want to "put some closure into this matter for the Dahmer family, and they deserve that.
NEWS
May 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
A former Ku Klux Klan leader who was tried twice during the 1960s in the firebombing death of a black civil rights activist was arrested again Thursday on charges of masterminding the crime. Samuel Bowers, 73, was charged with murder and arson in the 1966 attack that killed Vernon Dahmer. Two other men were also arrested. In the previous trials, one each in state and federal court, the juries deadlocked.
MAGAZINE
January 10, 1993 | JACK NELSON, Jack Nelson is The Times' Washington bureau chief. This article was adapted from "Terror in the Night: The Klan's Campaign Against the Jews," published this month by Simon and Schuster
A LITTLE PAST 10 P.M., THE SHOCK OF AN ENORmous explosion shook Al Binder's antebellum home in a fashionable section of Jackson, literally lifting him out of bed. Instantly the young lawyer was wide awake. His synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, was only half a mile away and because of all the Klan threats against the Jewish community he immediately figured it had been bombed. He worried about Rabbi Perry Nussbaum, who often worked late.
SPORTS
April 30, 1985 | Associated Press
Herschel Walker continued his assault on his own United States Football League rushing record, rambling for 157 yards and one touchdown as the New Jersey Generals defeated the Orlando Renegades, 24-7, Monday night. The victory was the Generals' fourth straight. It raised their record to 7-3 and moved them into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference with Birmingham and Tampa Bay.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1988
On the afternoon of June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers--Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney--were arrested for speeding outside Philadelphia, Miss. Released later that night, they were pursued and captured by Deputy Cecil Price and several carloads of Ku Klux Klansmen. The Klan took them to a deserted dirt road and executed them. Schwerner and Goodman were shot in the heart by Klansman Wayne Roberts, a former Meridian, Miss., high school football hero.
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