Mississippi Burning Justice: Notorious Klansman Killer Has Legs Broken In Prison 'For Being White'

Feb. 5 2018, Published 2:34 p.m. ET

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The imprisoned Klansman who arranged the infamous murder of three civil rights workers in 1964 Mississippi charged he was abused behind bars by African-American prison guards, has exclusively learned.

The allegations are detailed in handwritten letters obtained by Radar from Edgar Ray Killen, who died Jan. 11 at age 92 inside a state prison where he was serving a 60-year sentence for the murders that inspired the 1988 hit movie Mississippi Burning.

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Killen claimed he feared for his life at the hands of the guards who confined him to a prison wing nicknamed the "Slaughter Room" because "this is where they kill, murder or slaughter any inmate they don't like, and they hate all whites," he wrote.

Killen, who was confined to a wheelchair at the time, claimed a guard at the Parchman, Miss. prison welcomed him into the "Slaughter Room" by allegedly breaking one of his legs that was recovering from a previous accident.

He described how a "225 or 250 pound guard suddenly showed me the body of a 20 something year old white inmate whom I am sure was not breathing," Killen wrote.

"He threw me out of my wheelchair and re-broke my right leg where it was not quite knitted well together."

Afterwards, he claimed he was confined to solitary confinement with no pain medication and left without food or water for four days.

He claimed: "A doctor at the Miss. Trauma Center told them I could've died… there are records and X-Rays which will prove what I have written in this letter."

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Killen said he spent five years and two week in solitary confinement.

"Yes I was locked down in a very small concrete cell. I slept on a steal bunk with only two inches of worn out padding….with no heat, no fan no air," he said.

A rep for the prison did not respond to Radar's calls for comment.

In 2005, Killen was convicted on manslaughter charges for ordering fellow Klansmen to abduct Freedom Rider James Earl Chancey, 21, of Mississippi, and New Yorkers Andrew Goodman, 20 and Michael Schwerner, 24.

The trio vanished in Philadelphia in an ambush set up by a gang of Ku Klux Klansman and a local deputy sheriff. They were found buried under a dam six weeks later.

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