Documents obtained by CBC News show that the Mississippi governor at the time of the 1964 race killings of two African-American teenagers censored a news release related to the case and kept photos of their remains from the media at the height of the civil rights movement.
Paul B. Johnson Jr., who died last year, became governor of Mississippi in January 1964. The Democratic politician was known for his support of segregation, and had personally blocked the way of James Meredith, the first black student to register at the University of Mississippi, as Meredith tried to make his way on campus.
FBI documents show that Johnson personally influenced aspects of the Charles Moore and Henry Dee case.
HOWEVER, it was Gov. Ross Barnett who blocked Meredith in his attempt to enter Ole Miss, not Gov. Johnson as CBC reports.
Meanwhile, Sovereignty Commission records are few with respect to Mr. Moore and Mr. Dee. Here are several
Charges dropped against two men accused of "Torso Slayings"
Klansman Seale questioned about murder of Moore and Dee
Photos of Klansmen, including Seale
What's interesting, is all of the investigation records that appear to be missing. Where are they? Could they still be in individual homes? Are they included among Sen. James Eastland's files housed at Ole Miss???