Interview with Casey Hayden
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

DID YOU TAKE THE DEATHS OF THE THREE TO MEAN THAT… THAT THE POWER STRUCTURE IN MISSISSIPPI WAS JUST, WANTED EVERYONE OUT OF THE STATE, I MEAN THE DIRECT MESSAGE THIS WAS SO CLEARLY SINGLING OUT LEADERS. JIM SCHWERNER HAD BEEN THERE A WHILE AND CHANEY WAS KNOWN LOCALLY.

Casey Hayden:

Well, we anticipated that there'd be violence in response to what we were doing. We anticipated that there would, you know we had security systems and uh, call-in systems and radios and telephones and uh, we anticipated violence. People, the white, rural, Mississippians traditionally were driving around with rifles on their rifle racks, which they would do when they went hunting, you know they had their rifle racks in the back of the pickups. But now they were driving around with rifles on the racks all the time, everybody had their rifles on the racks all the time. You know, there were clues like that that people were armed, that they were armed and um, we anticipated violence. We were surprised it came so quick. I remember being surprised it was so immediate.