Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #35: Lost Opportunity

“His [De La Beckwith’s] wife was of pioneer stock, a descendant of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. She had been in the WAVES. They had been married twice and apparently fought all the time they were married. At the time he was arrested they were separated and she was in the hospital with a nervous condition.

“After De La’s second mistrial she called me very late one night from Arkansas, obviously drunk. She said she was ready to talk and that she had letters he had written while he was in prison in Jackson and wanted me to steer her to someone who was willing to pay her for her story. She said she was ready to tell all.

“I could have probably been paid a handsome sum by some news service for a tipoff on this, but I would not have dared touch that one. She must have changed her mind after she sobered up because her story never came out. I have always wondered what she was going to tell, but I think she was ready that night to tell the whole story of the Evers killing.”

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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4 Responses to Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #35: Lost Opportunity

  1. Jenny adams says:

    NO WAY

  2. Jenny adams says:

    Some intense stuff your mama and daddy were discussing late into the night

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