Massacres/Mass Murder · Mississippi

Man kills 7 members of his family including wife and child

February 18, 1974 Jefferson County, Mississippi Frankie Lee Lias kills seven family members including his wife and their child Lias, 20 at the time of the murders, had fallen from a bicycle ten years before and struck his head. Since that time, he often remarked to friends and family members he received visions from God.… Continue reading Man kills 7 members of his family including wife and child

Mississippi · Racially Motivated

Man killed by drunk teenagers during a hate crime

June 26, 2011 Jackson, Mississippi James Craig Anderson dies after he was beaten and run over a few days before A group of drunk teenagers began throwing beer bottles at people before one of the teenagers, 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, suggested "Let's go fuck with some niggers." They drove in two vehicles until they encountered Anderson… Continue reading Man killed by drunk teenagers during a hate crime

Mississippi · Newspaper clippings

Man rapes, murders toddler

June 25, 1976 Mississippi Jimmy Lee Gray rapes and murders 3-year-old Deressa Jean Scales Gray had recently been paroled following an Arizona murder conviction of his 16-year-old girlfriend Elda L. Prince when he killed Deressa Jean Scales on June 25, 1976. He kidnapped the toddler, sodomized her, and pushed her head into a creek to… Continue reading Man rapes, murders toddler

Crime Scene Photography · Mississippi · Racially Motivated

Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

June 21, 1964 Philadelphia, Mississippi Three civil rights workers are murdered by white supremacists The activists (pictured left to right: Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Henry Schwerner) had visited Meridian, Mississippi to speak with members of a recently burned church, and were on a campaign to encourage the black community to vote. The… Continue reading Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

Crime Scene Photography · Mississippi · Political · Racially Motivated

The assassination of Medgar Evers

June 12, 1963 Jackson, Mississippi Medgar Evers is shot in the back while standing in his driveway Evers, a civil rights activist, worked towards voting rights, challenged segregation laws, and publicly investigated the murder of Emmett Till. Because of his activism, he became a target of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens’ Council.… Continue reading The assassination of Medgar Evers