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On Friday, Dec. 4, 1964,the FBI began making mass arrests of 21 suspects including Sheriff Lawrence Rainey, Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price and others.All were taken to a secret location to be questioned without their lawyers present. In this report filed by A. L. Hopkins, Sovereignty Commisssion investigator, names of all are given.
Eight others, including Killen, were charged with violating the civil rights workers' civil rights and their names are given in Hopkins report, as well as two others who were charged as accessories. It's a big list of names!
Hopkins reported he had "information" that FBI agents offered Rainey $25,000 and "exoneration from any complicity in either of crimes" if he would tell them wheat he knew about the case.The same offer was made "several months ago."
Price was threatened with the gas chamber and that "his wife and son would suffer" for his acts if he didn't tell what he knew, according to Hopkins.
Hopkins asserted the FBI did not have as strong of a case as stated, "as they are still allegedly attempting to get Price and Rainey to confess or tell what they know about the case."
Hopkins gives his own opinion "from the standpoint of deduction and a study of the FBI's method of operation" of who he believed was the "most likely suspect of those arrested that furnished the FBI information leading to the recovery of the bodies."
The name he gives, James E. Jordan of Gulfport (not Philadelphia or Meridian), is later praised by John Doar of the U. S. Justice Department as one of three informants. Others Doar names are Delmar Dennis and Wallace Miller.