Part Two of The Current
Murder in the Shoe Shop: David Ridgen
Last year, the CBC's David Ridgen brought us three documentaries about unsolved murders -- Canadian cold cases. In each one, he uncovered new information that police had not discovered. David began working on cold cases with the story of a murder in the American south. That documentary called Mississippi Cold Case, led to the conviction of a former Ku Klux Klan member named James Ford Seale, in the decades-old murders of two young African-American men.
After Seale's indictment and trial, there was a tremendous upsurge in interest in other unsolved murders, many of them Klan-related. The FBI and the U.S. government began initiatives to try to solve some of the murders committed in the early days of the civil rights movement.
David Ridgen is now working with other journalists, law schools, non-governmental-organizations, investigators and film-makers on something called the Civil Rights Cold Case Project. The project delves into these unsolved murders. And it has led to his documentary this morning. It's the story of the unsolved killing of 51-year-old Frank Morris. He was a black shoe shop owner in Louisiana in 1964.
We re-aired David Ridgen's documentary, Murder in The Shoe Shop. It first aired on The Current in January. Since then, the Concordia Parish Grand Jury has begun hearing testimony in the case. It's on-going.
Last Word - Bug Promo
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We want your best bug stories because we'll be talking to someone on the program tomorrow who has some pretty amazing bug stories of her own. We gave The Current's Howard Goldenthal the last word on bugs this morning.
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