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'Ghosts Of Mississippi' true story of Medgar Evers-Byron De La Beckwith

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"Ghosts Of Mississippi" is a true-story biographical crime movie based on the murder of Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader in the 1960's. The story is told from the perspective of Myrlie Evers and Bobby DeLaughter. The movie premiered in theaters in 1996 with an all-star cast including: Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Bladwin and James Woods.

"Ghosts Of Mississippi" traces the story of a civil rights leader who is gunned down in the drive way of his home by a racist man who wants to see the Black civil rights leader dead. The murder goes unsolved for decades until a good-hearted prosecutor sets out to convict the man responsible for the murder.

"Ghosts Of Mississippi" is based on the murder of Medgar Evers. Evers was killed in front of his wife in children as he returned to his Mississippi home one evening in 1963. The case went cold until 1994. That's when a jury found Byron De La Beckwith guilty of the murder.

You can read more about Bobby DeLaughter in the book "Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Trial."

There is also a book about Byron De La Beckwith entitled "Portrait of a Racist: The Real Life of Byron De LA Beckwith."


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