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This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers. Killen died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

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The murders shocked the nation and helped spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday.

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FILE - This June 20, 2005 file photo shows Edgar Ray Killen in Philadelphia, Miss. On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Mississippi’s corrections department said the former Ku Klux Klan leader, who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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Edgar Ray Killen, a member of the Ku Klux Klan who was convicted of helping plan the murders of three civil rights activists in 1964, has died in prison.

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"It's the last Klansman in all these Civil Rights cold cases in Mississippi to be alive. Now he's dead," added Mitchell. "It's the end of his life, end of kind of era in pursuit of those cases."

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The slayings shocked the nation, helped spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were dramatized in the 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning.” The movie title came from the name of the FBI investigation.

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The three Freedom Summer workers had been investigating the burning of a black church near Philadelphia, Mississippi. A deputy sheriff in Philadelphia had arrested them on a traffic charge, then released them after alerting a mob. Mississippi’s then-governor claimed their disappearance was a hoax, and segregationist Sen. Jim Eastland told President Lyndon Johnson it was a “publicity stunt” before their bodies were dug up.

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2005, file photo, Edgar Ray Killen sits in court in Philadelphia, Miss. Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)