Ben Chaney: "Justice Has to Be Done"

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Over the past 40 years Ben Chaney has traveled to Philadelphia a number of times to commemorate the murders of his brother, James Chaney and two other civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.

Although each time was special, he says now being back has extreme significance.

"This could be the end or some closure if we're able to get the individuals involved in this case prosecuted."

While very few of those involved are still thought to be alive, Chaney says the key to prosecuting them is the conviction of Edgar Ray Killen. Although optimistic that this will happen, Chaney says he has some concerns about the case.

"Whether or not the district attorney has followed procedures and did the right thing to use all the information that the Justice Department has, I doubt it!"

It was on Neshoba County Road 515, which at the time was known as Rock Cut Road, where Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney were said to have been shot.

While the location is about seven miles outside Philadelphia, the three men's bodies were actually found miles away in an earthen dam on the northern side of the county.

During the search the bodies of at least 8 other people were foiund throiughout the state. This is something that Ben Chaney says also needs to be addressed.

"Justice has got to be done in all these cases because until we can deal with these cases, we can't have any reconciliation," says Chaney. "Hopefully, when this is over we will be in a position to push for a conviction with the other individuals involved!"

These convictions are something which Chaney calls long overdue!


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