Robert DeLaughter

Their killers walk free Because murder has no statute of limitations, and political strength of black voters is growing, some unsolved killings of black men in the civil rights era are being revisited

Traveling along the back roads of the Deep South, a landscape rich in legend and history, one can still hear stories of black men meeting horrible deaths at the hands of white mobs, of men tossed from bridges, beaten with beanpoles or shattered by car bombs.

In scattered tiny towns, aging white men are living out their days shielded, even embraced, by their communities, despite suspicion and sometimes evidence that they committed these killings against blacks during the civil rights era.

Their presence, living freely and unpunished all these years, has magnified the grief of friends and relatives who mourn the black victims. It has heightened the anguish of justice denied....