Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 53
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME JUMP AHEAD TO ANOTHER SET OF DEATHS. JUNE 1964, YOU'RE AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND YOU GET A CALL THAT THERE 3 CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS THAT ARE MISSING. COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE, THE DEPARTMENT'S REACTION TO THAT AND MAYBE TAKE IT TO WHAT POINT AT WHICH YOU THOUGHT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY DEAD.

John Doar:

Well, I remember, I was at home when I got the call from someone in Mississippi, uh, telling me about the situation and I reported it immediately to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And uh, Bob Owen was in Mississippi and we, I got a hold of him and had him go right up there to Nishoba County. I can't remember when we recognized that, but I guess when the car was found, and burned at the edge of Nishoba County, it was fairly clear that the kids had been uh, killed.