Ex-FBI agent, DPS Head Ingram Dies at 77

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Retired FBI agent Jim Ingram, who investigated many Ku Klux Klan killings and violent acts that took place across Mississippi in the 1960s, died Sunday after a lengthy bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

Ingram's son, Jim, confirmed his father's death. He said funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday.

Ingram worked on many high-profile cases including the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.

In 2005, Ingram helped with the investigation as Mississippi prosecutors brought the first-ever state charges in the case. On June 21, 2005, 41 years to the day after the three men disappeared, a Neshoba County jury convicted reputed Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen on three counts of manslaughter for masterminding the slayings.

Ingram also helped in the 2007 federal trial of another reputed Klansman, James Ford Seale, for the 1964 abductions and slayings of two black teenagers who disappeared from southwest Mississippi. Seale was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy.

He also assisted in the investigation of the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy and the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1982, he retired from the FBI. From 1992 to 2000, he served as Mississippi's public safety commissioner and on the state Ethics Board.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson with burial in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

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