Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach, former U.S. attorney general and undersecretary of state, spoke briefly at Mrs. Chaney’s funeral and then several hours later, she was buried next to her son in a quiet cemetery on a small hill, amidst pine trees.
Years later, Mississippi prosecutors re-started their investigation of the slayings, and Mrs. Chaney testified in June 2005 at the Philadelphia, Mississippi, trial of reputed Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen. Then aged 82, she stated that her son James had gone to join the other two in delivering books, and never came back.
Killen, an ordained Baptist minister, was convicted on three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005 - exactly 41 years after the deaths. He appealed, but his sentence of three times 20 years in prison was upheld on January 12, 2007, by the Mississippi Supreme Court, reported Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger.
Mississippi. Before and After Murders of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney
Mississippi's well-known NAACP leader's wife and children were waiting for him to leave his car and come inside the house, after a late night planning meeting at his church, when he was gunned down.
(It was Katzenbach, as deputy U.S. attorney general, who earlier was charged with enrolling Meredith at the University of Mississippi. Not an easy job, by any means.)
Here is a Katzenbach-SovComm file that is particularly interesting, relating to the FBI agents and their testimony in Neshoba County.
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Link to NYT article: includes how he helped get the Civil Rights Act passed