'Mississippi Burning' case officially closed after 52 years

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'Mississippi Burning' Case Officially Closed After 52 Years

JACKSON, Miss. (WREG) — The case file of the murders of three Civil rights workers in Mississippi has been closed.

That announcement was made at a news conference by Monday morning by Attorney General Jim Hood.

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Three civil rights workers were murdered on June 21, 1964, in what was dubbed the Mississippi Burning case.

Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Earl Chaney were taken and murdered in Neshoba County.

The three were working to register more black voters.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: The scene as people light candles to form the letters into the words, 'So All Can Vote' to support Voting Rights during a vigil on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The vigil was a memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 by the KKK in Mississippi. The vigil included a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Luz Minaya (left) Joanne Adams light candles to form the letters into the words, 'So All Can Vote' to support Voting Rights during a vigil on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The vigil was a memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 by the KKK in Mississippi. The vigil included a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes helps to light candles during a vigil on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The vigil was a memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 by the KKK in Mississippi. The vigil included a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. The candles were formed into the words, 'So All Can Vote to support Voting Rights (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Naureen Singh (left) and and Fiona Lalor, 7,(right) place candles in the shape of an 'O' to form the letters into the words, 'So All Can Vote' to support Voting Rights during a vigil on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The vigil was a memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 by the KKK in Mississippi. The vigil included a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: The scene with the Washington Monument after people lit candles to form the letters into the words, 'So All Can Vote' to support Voting Rights during a vigil on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The vigil was a memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 by the KKK in Mississippi. The vigil included a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: A candle with pictures of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were killed in 1964 during 'Freedom Summer ' by the KKK in Mississippi were memorialized in a display of 3,000 candles at the base of the Lincoln Memorial near the reflecting pool on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice organization sponsored the memorial event on the 50th anniversary of their activist murders. The candles were formed into the words, 'So All Can Vote to support Voting Rights (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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When they were killed, the three men were in town investigating the burning of an all black church.

Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter in 2005 for the deaths.

"There are no individuals living now that we can make a case against," said Hood. "That's not to say if new information comes forward we won't investigate."

In 2014, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the victims the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A 1988 movie was made about the case.

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