Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act (Cold Case Closing Memoranda)

Civil Rights Division Emmett Till Act (Cold Case Closing Memoranda)


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Title Incident Date Overview
Booker T. Mixon October 12, 1959

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened an investigation into this matter after a query of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History found multiple news articles about the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of thirty-six-year-old Booker T. Mixon (“Mixon”) in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  According to the articles, on October 12, 1959, Mixon was found lying unconscious in a ditch near a local road, suffering from numerous injuries.  Mixon died eleven days later, without ever having regained consciousness.  The coroner’s office ruled that Mixon’s death was the result of a hit-and-run automobile accident. 

Luther Jackson October 25, 1959

According to contemporaneous newspaper articles, on October 25, 1959, Luther Jackson, the African-American victim, a 27-year-old veteran of the Korean war, was shot and killed by Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Officer Lawrence Rainey, the subject, during a traffic stop.  XXXXXXXX was with the victim at the time of the shooting and stated that, sometime between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m., XXXX and the victim were in a car parked on Pine Street in Philadelphia, Mississippi.  Rainey drove by in his patrol car and stopped.  Rainey ordered the victim and XXXXXX to exit their car.  Jackson exited first and Rainey pushed him out of sight of XXXXXX.  XXXXXX was also exiting the car when XXXXX heard a gunshot. XXXXXX started walking in the direction taken by Rainey and the victim and then heard a second shot. When XXXXX reached the started walking in the direction victim, he was lying dead in a ditch.  Shortly thereafter, Rainey went to his patrol car and called “City Hall.”  After a while, he called again, and XXXXX heard him say, “Come on down here, I think I have killed a nigger.”

Samuel O’Quinn August 14, 1959

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) initiated an investigation into the murder of Samuel O’Quinn, a 58-year old African-American businessman from Centreville, Mississippi, based on a referral of an article written in the AARP magazine dated November & December 2004. The article, entitled “Civil Rights Bus Tour,” detailed O’Quinn’s murder.

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