Famous Murders of the 20th Century: Jacques Mossler murder 6/30/1964 Miami, FL

Jacques Mossler
Jacques Mossler

Mossler case was sensational story of murder, intrigue
Candace Mossier and Melvin Lane Powers Trial: 1966 – Sexual Perversions, Preparing An Alibi, More Unsolved Mysteries
Mossler Children Testify
Glamorous widow faces jury in a titillating trial (about 1/2 way down)
Mel, Candace Arrive For Hearing
Mossler, Powers – Lived Together Witness Claims
Mossler Trial Witness Tells Of Print Find
Accused Murderer Described As Being Quick With Knife
Convict testifies in Mossler trial
Woman Heard Scream Night Mossler Slain
Mossler Trial Goes Into Its Fourth Week
Oratory Holds Sway At Mossler Trial
Mossler Case Goes To Jury (part 1)
Mossler (part 2)
Mossler Case Jury Decries Pair Innocent
Candy Mossler is found dead
Melvin Lane Powers Is Dead at 68; Cleared of Murder With Lover-Aunt
Melvin Powers obituary
crimelibrary: A Million Dollar Murder
Wikipedia: Candy Mossler
Wikipedia: Melvin Lane Powers
Mesmerism in Miami
“There Is No Better Than Me”
Incest and Murder in Key Biscayne

Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom — The Country’s Most Controversial Trials
Forever Texas: Texas, The Way Those Who Lived It Wrote It

Dominick Dunne: Power, Privilege and Justice: The Candy Scandal
A Crime To Remember: Candyland

Mossler and Powers
Candace Mossler and Melvin Powers

Cold Case: Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee murder *Klansman James Ford Seale convicted in their murders, Sentenced to 3 life terms in federal prison*

I have to admit, I am very happy about this case. It was not one I had heard of previous to yesterday’s arrest, but I have read about others. I have always had an interest in the Chaney, Schwimmer, and Goodman case. I watched the movie Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan several years ago and did research on that case. I was thrilled to see Edgar Ray Killen FINALLY arrested and convicted for their deaths (mind you, he was convicted of manslaughter, not murder–it boggles the mind ). I am glad to see that other cases like that one are now being recognized and working towards justice. Some have been prosecuted (Medgar Evers is one such case). Now I hope other cases, such as this one and maybe, hopefully the Emmitt Till case one day. These boys did not deserve what happened to them. The young men were hitchhiking and apparently the James Searle gave them a ride, then kidnapped them and took them to the Homochitto Forest. There, he and some others held the young men down so that other members of the KKK could beat them (with switches and tree branches). They forced the young men to make untrue confessions. The beatings did not kill them however. They were taken to a farm in Franklin County, MS where they were duct-taped and then thrown into the Old Mississippi River, which is where they died. Their bodies were found two months later during the search for Chaney, Schwimmer, and Goodman (who were not found for a couple more months after that).

The indictment alleges Klansmen took Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19, to the Homochitto National Forest in southwest Mississippi and Seale held a sawed-off shotgun on the men while other Klan members beat them with switches and tree branches. The teenagers were still alive when they were weighted down and dumped into the Mississippi River, the indictment said.

In November (1964), acting on information from a Klan insider, Mississippi state troopers arrested (James) Seale and (Charles) Edwards on murder charges.In an interview with FBI agents, Edwards admitted that he and Seale had kidnapped and beaten the two black men. But Edwards said they were alive when he left them.

The informant told agents that Seale was worried his fingerprints might still be on the sticky side of the tape he’d used to cover the men’s mouths and bind their wrists. The officers leaned heavily on the younger man.

“You didn’t even give them a decent burial,” agent Lenard Wolf told Seale. “We know you did it, you know you did it, the Lord above knows you did it.”

“Yes,” Seale replied, according to an FBI report, “but I’m not going to admit it. You are going to have to prove it.”

But the FBI had its hands full with what would come to be known as the “Mississippi Burning” case _ the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, civil rights workers who were killed while working in Neshoba County to register black voters.

The Dee-Moore prosecution was turned over to local authorities, who quietly dropped it without even presenting it to a grand jury.

Obviously there was no justice then. No one did anything for those boys at that point. It took the work of the brother of Charles Eddie Moore, Thomas Moore, hard work, persistence and the love of his brother for over 40 years for justice to occur.


Find-A-Grave: Charles Eddie Moore
Find-A-Grave: Henry Hezekiah Dee
The Indictment
What happened to Henry H. Dee and Charlie Eddie Moore?
Brother Refused To Give Up On Racially Tinged 1964 Deaths
Civil Rights Crimes: Ex-Klansman Charged in ‘64 Slayings
Brother Wins Arrest in ’64 Case
I Want Justice Too
Reopened Civil Rights-Era Cases
Long thought dead, suspect turns up alive
Ex-cop denies role in 1964 racial slayings
BREAKING: Feds Charge Roxie Klansman in Dee-Moore Murders
The Past Is Not Past
Klansman pleads innocent to federal charges
More work ahead in civil rights cases
Ex-Deputy Pleads Not Guilty In ’64 Slayings
Old murder solved, says brother
Family, community recall men, still grieve for them
Ex-Deputy Charged in ’64 Race Murders
Southern Man: Klan-Busting Journalist Jerry Mitchell
Ex-Deputy Pleads Not Guilty In ’64 Slayings
Searching for Justice
James Seale Pleads Not Guilty During Arraignment
Former Deputy Arrested in ’64 Killings of 2 Black Men
Moore Dee Memorial
Wikipedia: James Ford Seale
Wikipedia: Charles Marcus Edwards

The Past is Never Dead: The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi’s Struggle for Redemption

Mississippi Cold Case

James Ford Seale – convicted, sentenced to 3 life terms in federal prison
Charles Marcus Edwards – turned State’s evidence for immunity

Charles Marcus Edwards


Register Number: 09193-043
Age: 76
Race: White
Sex: Male
Deceased: 08/02/2011

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