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April 26, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the June night in 1963 that Medgar Evers was killed, Vernon Dahmer sat up all night in his home 85 miles away, waiting. They took Medgar. Maybe they would come for him next. The civil rights leader need not have worried that night. Although Dahmer and his family long endured threats and broken windows, another three years passed before the nightriders decided it was his time. Ku Klux Klansmen firebombed his house on Jan. 9, 1966.
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August 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Former Ku Klux Klan leader Samuel H. Bowers was convicted Friday of ordering the 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, finally bringing to a close a case that saw four deadlocked juries in the years after the attack. This time, the jurors took only two hours to find Bowers guilty of murder and arson in the slaying, which prosecutors said was ordered because Dahmer was helping fellow blacks register to vote.
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June 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Klansman was jailed a day after being photographed golfing despite claims he was too ill to be jailed in the 1966 firebombing death of an NAACP official. Last month, a judge in Hattiesburg freed Deavours Nix, 72, without bail after he showed up at a hearing in a wheelchair and using an oxygen canister. Circuit Judge Richard McKenzie ordered Nix back to court after The Jackson Clarion-Ledger published photos of him golfing. The judge revoked Nix's earlier release and set bail at $50,000.
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June 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Klansman was jailed a day after being photographed golfing despite claims he was too ill to be jailed in the 1966 firebombing death of an NAACP official. Last month, a judge in Hattiesburg freed Deavours Nix, 72, without bail after he showed up at a hearing in a wheelchair and using an oxygen canister. Circuit Judge Richard McKenzie ordered Nix back to court after The Jackson Clarion-Ledger published photos of him golfing. The judge revoked Nix's earlier release and set bail at $50,000.
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August 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Former Ku Klux Klan leader Samuel H. Bowers was convicted Friday of ordering the 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, finally bringing to a close a case that saw four deadlocked juries in the years after the attack. This time, the jurors took only two hours to find Bowers guilty of murder and arson in the slaying, which prosecutors said was ordered because Dahmer was helping fellow blacks register to vote.
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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.
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November 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel H. Bowers, convicted eight years ago of ordering the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, has died. He was 82. Bowers died Sunday morning of cardiopulmonary arrest in the Mississippi State Penitentiary Hospital in Parchman, said Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tara Booth. The Klansman was convicted in August 1998 of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer Sr.
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.
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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.
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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.
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April 26, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the June night in 1963 that Medgar Evers was killed, Vernon Dahmer sat up all night in his home 85 miles away, waiting. They took Medgar. Maybe they would come for him next. The civil rights leader need not have worried that night. Although Dahmer and his family long endured threats and broken windows, another three years passed before the nightriders decided it was his time. Ku Klux Klansmen firebombed his house on Jan. 9, 1966.
NEWS
March 18, 1998 | From Newsday
The state of Mississippi on Tuesday made public the files, secret for four decades, of the now-defunct State Sovereignty Commission, an agency formed to oppose desegregation and long accused of spying on and harassing civil-rights activists in Mississippi from 1956 to 1977. The files showed that the commission had, indeed, spied on such figures as civil-rights leaders Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr.
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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.
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