Fifty years ago today, October 12, 1967
A handsome preacher told a federal jury today that his Ku Klux Klan chief was pleased with the slaying of three civil rights workers because “it was the first time the Christians had planned and carried out the execution of a Jew.” Delmar Dennis was the government’s second surprise witness in the trial of 18 men — including four law officers — for conspiring to slay the three men in Philadelphia, Miss., three years ago.
Crisis Call Line
An around-the-clock listening post — aimed at preventing suicides — will begin operation in Columbus Nov. 15. The “listeners” will be trained volunteers with patience and understanding to deeply troubled callers who phone the office of the Mental Health Association wanting to talk about their problems.
Former 3rd District Rep. Howard H. (Bo) Callaway described as “dangerous” a stronger central government, a more powerful president and a legislating judiciary. The Pine Mountain Republican called those in Washington who are “fighting for a strong central government” mostly “dedicated and sincere and even patriotic Americans ... They believe what they are talking about,” Callaway said.