Lynchings Re-enacted to Probe Cases

FBI uses ketchup and choreography to solve civil rights cold cases
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2007 2:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Graphic re-enactments of lynchings, including ketchup-covered doll ‘fetuses’ ripped from ‘pregnant victims,’ were staged in a Georgia campaign to warm up some cold civil rights cases, CNN reports. Some groups have also offered private rewards, as local and national efforts converge in a desire to bring '60s-era murderers to justice.

Congress is considering a bill that would fund an FBI cold-case initiative, bringing new funds to 100 unsolved crimes. "It's one of the unfinished chapters of the civil rights movement," SPLC president Richard Cohen said of the cold cases. "To simply let them lie because it's been a long time is the worst kind of self-fulfilling prophecy." (Read more lynching stories.)

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