The Hanging Tree - KKK murder locations.
Homochitto National Forest, MS. 12/4/2015. The carcass of a discarded poached deer, where on July 10, 1966, the body of Ben Chester White, a 67-year old caretaker at a local farm was disposed of. After buying Mr. White a soda and offering him $2 to help them find a missing dog, three members of the Cottonmouth Moccasin Gang, a Klan fraction of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan took him into Homochitto National Forest and forced him out of the car. He was shot at least 18 times and his body was dumped in Petty Creek off this bridge.
Some speculated the Mr. White was killed in an effort to divert attention away from an upcoming civil rights march. Others say the Klan wanted to lure Martin Luther King, Jr. to Natchez, MS for an assassination attempt.