Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 42
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE MURDER OF THOSE THREE CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS?

Erle Johnston:

Oh, that was the worst thing that ever happened. In fact, the people who do things like that were the ones who, unwittingly, were giving as we call the liberals a whole lot more operating room and a whole lot more reason to do what they were going to do, because of the fact that every time you had an act like that why, you had more people who were saying, something got to be done, something got to be done. Of course we called that a crime, a crime. A crime could have been committed against white, it could against blacks, or whatever, but in this particular case and of course the way it turned out there was not doubt it was a racially moti-motivated crime.