Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases : NPR: Six years ago, the FBI took on a challenge: To review what it called cold-case killings from the civil rights era. The investigation into 112 cases from the 1950s and 1960s is winding down, and civil rights activists are weighing the FBI's efforts.
The review comes with word this week of the death of a man who'd been named, , as a possible suspect in one notorious case.
The investigation was of the death of Frank Morris, in Ferriday, La., in 1964. Morris was a successful black businessman, the owner of a small shoe shop. His business success — and the respect for him from some white residents — made other white residents resentful.
On a December night in 1964, a group of men set his shop on fire. Morris was inside and burned in the fire.