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Selma K. Trigg


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated an investigation into this matter based on a referral from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the form of a press release that listed the January 23, 1965, death by burning of “Saleam K. Triggs.”  The press release referenced the NAACP’s 1965 annual report that stated that “Mrs. Saleam K. Triggs,” a resident of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, had “mysteriously burned to death” on January 23 of that year. 
In April 2009, an FBI case agent determined that the person who died in January 1965 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was 76-year-old Selma Kelly Trigg and that her actual date of death was January 21, 1965.

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Selma K. Trigg
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Case Document
Updated October 6, 2016