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Sunday, March 11, 2007


FBI 'Puts Heat' on Civil Rights Era Cold Cases

FBI puts heat on civil rights-era cold case
Unsolved death of Edisto 12-year-old draws Justice Department's attention

The Post and Courier

EDISTO ISLAND - When the body of 12-year-old Freddie Robinson washed up in the surf during the summer of 1960, police said it proved the local boy had drowned accidentally.

His family contends it meant something else: That he'd been murdered, his lifeless body tossed in a creek, for dancing with white girls.

Almost five decades later, Freddie's nearly forgotten file is among 100 or so cases from the civil rights-era that the FBI may seek to reopen. The U.S. Department of Justice and a coalition of civil rights groups, led by the Southern Poverty Law Center, announced late last month that it is time to re-examine some of the nation's questionable or unresolved cold cases. At least three are from South Carolina, including the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre.

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