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Image caption Killen was sent to prison in 2005 for his role in the triple murder. Edgar Ray Killen, the 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted over the infamous deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, has died. The 92-year-old was serving a 60-year sentence, after being jailed in 2005, four decades after the 1964 murders. The men were detained by police, before being ambushed and shot by Klansmen who were tipped-off about their release. Their disappearance and deaths shocked the country and helped catalyse the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The triple killing was also the basis for the 1988 Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning, a fictionalised take on the events named after the FBI investigation into the case. Full story

13 January