1946 Lynchings--A New Look

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MONROE, Ga. (AP) -- Investigators have spent two days digging at
a property in northeast Georgia in search of clues advocates hope
could lead to finding living suspects in the unsolved lynchings of
four people in 1946.
The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they began
searching the property in rural Walton County on Monday after
receiving "recent information" about the decades-old killings.
The 1946 lynchings of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and
Mae Murray Dorsey at Moore's Ford in northeast Georgia remain one
of the nation's most notorious unsolved lynchings, and activists in
the area have long said that some of the culprits still are alive.
A white mob dragged the two black couples from a car, tied them
to a tree and opened fire. After the lynching, President Harry
Truman dispatched the FBI to the town of Monroe, but the feds were
met with a wall of silence.
Investigators searched a 12-acre area that may have once been a
working farm Monday and Tuesday, but the FBI said current residents
are not suspects. A bomb squad was called in to detonate aging
military ordnance found at the site, but investigators said they
don't believe the explosives are linked to the lynching case.
The FBI identified 55 possible suspects after the killings, but
no one was ever arrested, partly due to a lack of witnesses. After
a federal grand jury in December 1946 could not identify any
members of the mob, the FBI retreated from the case.

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