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Shortly after midnight on June 12 1963 Medgar Evers a field secretary for the NAACP pulled his car into the driveway of his home in Jackson Mississippi As Evers stepped out of his car a gun fired shattering the silence of the night Shot in the back Evers dragged himself to the front porch as his wife Myrlie Evers and his three children rushed out to watch him bleed to death before them From the beginning investigators suspected Byron de la Beckwith a man known throughout Jackson for his racist beliefs and affiliation with white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan Shortly after the murder the police arrested Beckwith Although no one had seen him pull the trigger the murder weapon found at the scene was registered to the name of Byron de la Beckwith With overwhelming evidence in the prosecutions favor the first of three separate trials for the assassination of Medgar Evers began The movie is focused upon the framework of the justice system rather than upon Medgar Evers personal life As a result an intimate look into the life of the civil rights advocate is lacking That is unfortunate since Evers life was a personally rich and courageous one All of this is remembered with fidelity in Rob Reiners Ghosts of Mississippi which tells the story of how a white prosecutor named Bobby DeLaughter re-opened the case in 1989 and eventually won a conviction against De La Beckwith who had spent the intervening years all but openly boasting about the killing Justice was finally served to the relief and amazement of Myrlie Evers Medgars widow who sought all that time to bring her husbands killer back into a courtroom This is a moving movie but its not a particularly compelling one in Ghosts of Mississippi which plays like a TV docudrama and doesnt generate the emotional intensity of such similar films as Mississippi Burning and A Time to
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