In 1964, the remains of Charles Moore and Henry Dee, two African American teenagers from Mississippi, were pulled from the backwater of the Mississippi River.
At the time of the discovery authorities were searching for the bodies of civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. The story of murder of these civil rights workers and the subsequent hunt for their killers was brought to life in the 1988 movie Mississippi Burning.
The police had no idea that during this search they would stumble upon even more victims of the KKK’s brutal campaign to preserve white supremacy.
They soon discovered that Moore and Dee had been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan two months earlier. But their killers wouldn’t be brought to justice for another 40 years.
Now the current number one podcast on iTunes, Someone Knows Something, is delving into how Moore and Dee’s families finally found peace after four decades of searching.
On May 2, 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement and right at the beginning of the Freedom Summer, Moore and Dee were picked up by KKK members while hitchhiking in Meadville, Mississippi.
Klansman James Ford Seale pulled over to the side of the road and ordered the two 19-year-old men into his Volkswagen. The teenagers had no idea that another car full of KKK members, including a man named Charles Marcus Edwards, were following behind them.
The KKK took the young men into the Homochitto National Forest where they beat them until they were barely alive. Some of the Klansmen, including Edwards, then left while others drove Moore and Dee down to the bank of the Mississippi River.
There, the Klansmen duct-taped their mouths, and tied their wrists and ankles together, before throwing them into the river.
Moore and Dee drowned that day. The teens would be listed as missing until their bodies were unexpectedly found on July 2 and 3 that year.
Seale and Edwards were then arrested for the murders but the charges were dropped.
In 2005, filmmaker David Ridgen of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp decided to look into the case. He met Thomas Moore, a retired command sergeant major and brother to the late Charles Moore.
Together they re-opened the case. They gathered more than 500 hours worth of video, audio and photographs from witnesses, family members, Klansmen and the authorities. All of this evidence would later be made into the documentary Mississippi Cold Case and would form the basis for season three of Someone Knows Something.