Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Jerry W. Mitchell:
He was born about 1959, and I don't know details
of where or how he became a believer. The founding of the KuKlux Klan (KKK) was a tragic unintended consequence of the northern abolitionist fanatical influence on the federal government after President Lincoln was murdered, HERE.
"As the world weighs in against media hubris,
often well-deserved, it’s bracing to note some of the good that gets done on the fringes in
the name of principle rather than in the klieg-light-seeking interest of
"Meet Jerry Mitchell, 45, investigative reporter
for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., the man whose 16-year personal mission is
largely credited for the upcoming trial of the man charged with murdering three civil rights
workers 40 years ago.
"Thanks to Mitchell’s labors — and to others he
insists deserve much credit — state authorities have charged Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray
Killen, a sawmill operator and preacher, with the 1964 murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew
Goodman and James Chaney.
"Killen, 79, is the first person ever charged with
the murders, though he and others were tried in 1967 on federal conspiracy charges in the
killings. Killen walked.
"The story of the three victims, who were part of
Freedom Summer’s drive to register black voters, is familiar by now. Mitchell’s story may be
"It is fair to say that without Mitchell’s dogged
and often courageous reporting, not to mention an apparently beguiling charm that convinces
people they should share secret records with him, many murders from the civil rights era
would have remained unvindicated, locked forever in the vaults of regional
"Mitchell’s sense of himself in these events comes
footnoted with an “aw shucks” disclaimer. An unabashed Christian, he declines to accept
credit for some of the miracles that have resulted in justice — the precise ratcheting of
seemingly unrelated parts, the stunning timing of random events, the fortuitous encounters
and serendipitous discoveries.
“It’s been a matter of faith for me throughout
this whole thing,” he says in a soft drawl. “God’s hand is in it. It doesn’t make sense
"Mitchell’s crusade, if we may now use that word,
was the result of an epiphany in 1989 when he saw the movie “Mississippi Burning” with Bill
Minor, another civil rights reporter and mentor now in his 80s, and two FBI agents. The four
sat around after the movie and dissected it for accuracy.
"Those few hours constituted a transformative
event in Mitchell’s life.
“I frankly was just stupid,” he says. “My attitude
was, ‘What? This really happened? I can’t believe this really happened.’ It was true 20/20
hindsight, but it was so abundantly clear what happened. People got away with
"That recognition stuck in Mitchell’s craw, and he
started digging into the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, the state organization that
worked covertly to aid and abet America’s native jihadists, the Ku Klux
"His first break came when someone decided
Mitchell ought to see some secret records showing that as the state was prosecuting Byron de
la Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the Sovereignty
Commission was secretly assisting Beckwith’s defense, helping to acquit
"As a result of that story, Myrlie Evers, the
widow of Medgar Evers, asked authorities to reopen her husband’s case. Re-prosecuting
Beckwith was extremely unlikely given that only nine pages were left in the court file, but
miraculously, an old box turned up in a police department closet containing crime scene
photos and a fingerprint of Beckwith, lifted from the murder weapon.
"Then Myrlie Evers found her copy of the old court
transcript. Two months later, the prosecutor found the murder weapon in the closet of his
father-in-law, a judge, who apparently grabbed the gun when they were throwing away
"Fourteen months after Mitchell wrote his first
stories, Beckwith was indicted for murder. He was convicted and sentenced to life on Feb. 5,
"As he was led away to jail, Beckwith kept
mumbling two words: “Jerry Mitchell.”
"One story led to another so that today Mitchell
can cite a statistic for which he has a right, if not the inclination, to boast: Since 1989,
authorities in Mississippi and five other states have re-examined 23 killings from the civil
rights era and made 27 arrests, leading to 21 convictions, two acquittals and one
"In the Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney case,
Mitchell again got a peek at some secret records — an interview that Sam Bowers, ’60s-era
imperial wizard for the KKK, gave to Mississippi’s Department of Archives and History that
was supposed to remain sealed until after his death.
"In the interview, Bowers says he obstructed
justice in the case and was happy to be convicted himself as long as the main instigator of
the affair walked out of court a free man. Mitchell subsequently found several new potential
witnesses and interviewed jurors from Killen’s earlier trial, who said they deadlocked 11-1
in favor of conviction. One female juror said she “could never convict a
"Killen’s trial date has been set for March 28. No
one will be surprised if he’s led away to jail muttering two words. Jerry
***** The above is "A Man Seeking Justice for All"
by Kathleen Parker which appeared in the 16 January 2005 issue of
The State newspaper. Parker is an exceptional writer out of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, resident of Camden, S. C., and cousin of my
pathologist friend, Russell Harley, M. D.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 16 January 2005; update 8 September 2015)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
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