Henry Dee and Charles Moore

Background

Moore and Dee were 19 years old when, on May 2, 1964, members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped and murdered them in Franklin County, believing the two might have information about gun-running in the county. The men were kidnapped from the main street in Meadville and taken to the Homochitto National Forest where they were tied to a tree and beaten. The Klansmen placed Dee and Moore in a trunk of a car and transported them to Tallulah, LA, where they dumped them, while they were still alive, into the Old Mississippi River. Their  bodies were discovered by a fisherman in July 1964.

Legal Status

In November 1964, two reputed Klansmen, James Seale and Marcus Edwards, were arrested and charged in connection with the kidnap/murder, but the prosecutor moved to drop the charges in January 1965. In 2005, US Attorney Dunn Lampton responded to a request made by Thomas Moore, brother of Charles, to investigate the matter. In 2007, James Seale was convicted and sentenced to life on one kidnapping charge. On September 9, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit reversed Seale’s conviction. The panel decision is on appeal to the full bench.

In August 2008, the families of Charles Moore and Henry Dee filed a federal civil suit a against Franklin County, in the Southern District of Mississippi. The families are represented by CRRJ. The suit alleges that collusion between Franklin County law enforcement officers and the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan contributed to Moore and Dee’s kidnap and murder.