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Continued: Civil rights leaders in Georgia have new leads in brutal 1946 lynching

  • Article by: CHRISTIAN BOONE , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Last update: March 6, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Special agent James Hosty, who helped capture the “BTK” serial killer responsible for 10 murders in and around Wichita, Kan., from 1974-91, told the Associated Press in 2010 that the Monroe lynchings proved especially difficult to investigate.

Many of the witnesses or possible suspects either lacked a Social Security number or other identifiers that would help investigators determine whether they were still alive to be questioned or possibly prosecuted, Hosty said.

DuBose said no investigators have spoken with either Watkins or the people he says were complicit in the murders. The information was turned over to the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division, which has declined to comment.

The GBI, meanwhile, continues to investigate. “The case is still open,” said GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang.

It’s unclear what, if anything, the Walton commissioners can do. Board Chairman Kevin Little said after Tuesday’s presentation that the commission would consult with its attorneys before proceeding.

‘Clock is ticking fast’

“The clock is ticking fast,” Brooks said, as many of the living suspects named by Watkins are in their mid-80s or older.

Watkins, meanwhile, has stopped cooperating with DuBose’s group.

“I have no doubt he’s been getting threats on his life,” DuBose said.

Asked by Jealous why he had decided to came forward, Watkins replied that justice was long overdue.

“I’m tired of it … the racism,” he said. “I’m tired of living with the lies.”

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