Homochitto National Forest, MS. 12/4/2015. On May 2nd, 1964, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Dee, both 19 and from Franklin County, Mississippi, were picked up by several KKK members while hitchhiking in Meadville, MS. According to testimony given by Charles Edwards, who participated in the abduction and beatings, it was he that identified Dee as a target because he “fit the profile of a Black Panther” as Dee was known to “wear a black bandana on his head all the time” (neither Moore or Dee had any involvement in civil rights activism).
Moore and Dee where taken to an area near here, deep inside Homochitto National Forest in MS. The two where interrogated, beaten with “whip-like bean poles” and tree limbs until, gashed and bloodied. Some Klansmen left the scene, while the remaining Klansmen locked Moore and Dee into the trunk of the car and drove across to the Louisiana side of the Mississippi river. The Klansmen tied Henry Dee to a jeep engine block, took him by boat into the river, and, while Moore watched from shore, tossed him overboard to drown. They then tied Charles Moore to a railroad tie and iron weights. They took him by boat into the river and threw him overboard as well. Both men were still alive when they were thrown into the Mississippi River.