Alabama’s parole board decided against the former KKK member who was found guilty of killing 4 young black girls in a hate bombing at a church over fifty years ago.
In the decision Thomas Blanton Jr., 76, was denied parole.
As the last surviving member of this particular Klan group who carried out the murders, the KKK killer was convicted of bombing a Baptist Church in Alabama on Sept. 15, 1963.
In 2001, he was convicted and punished to life in prison for being involved with planting a dynamite bomb.
The blast killed Denise McNair, Cynthia Morris, Carole Robertson, and Mae Collins, ages eleven to fourteen.
The four girls, who mwere in the church preparing for the service, died instantly due to the explosion.
Their deaths became a worldwide symbol of the racial hatred that segregated the South.
While no one attended to speak on the behalf of Blanton, as he also was not present during the hearing. The four victims’ relatives were present as the room was against Blanton’s parole.
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