Arrest Made in 1964 Civil Rights Murders

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

"I loved my brother. I loved Henry Dee. They would have been 62 years old now," said the victim’s brother and Colorado Springs resident Thomas Moore.

Thomas Moore has been fighting for justice in his brother's 1964 murder for more than 40 years.

“I promised him in 2005 at his grave in Franklin County cemetery that I would fight until I die,” said Moore.

The Colorado Springs resident spent years helping investigators, at one point teaming up with a Canadian TV producer. They were actually able to locate the man who was arrested Thursday, James Ford Seale. That's despite the fact that he'd been reported dead for years.

“Why don't you come out and be a man? All I want to do is talk to you punk. I hope to see you in court,” said Moore.

Now he will. 71-year old Seale was arraigned in federal court Thursday on charges of kidnapping Moore's brother, Charles, and another man, Henry Dee.

They were both 19 years old at the times of their deaths.

They were last seen hitchhiking in Southwest Mississippi. Their bodies were found two months later in the Mississippi river.

The murders were committed at the height of Civil Rights demonstrations. Seale was a reported Ku Klux Klan member.

But Moore says he's learned from the situation, and never gave up.

“It helped me to be who I am. It helped me to have the courage to fight. Coming from the hills of Mississippi, I’d do it all over again.”

Seale's arrest marks the 28th in connection with a Civil Rights Era murder, since 1983.


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