Blood Justice: The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker

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"Don't Let Them Kill Me"

Undaunted by their lack of success, the FBI and the highway patrol continued to search the waterways and bayous in the surrounding countryside on foot, by car, and by airplane. On Monday, for the first time, they were able to use boats on the river. So far the searchers had only turned up a set of bloodied clothes, which did not belong to Parker. They continued checking the waterways because the information gleaned from the people they had questioned indicated overwhelmingly that the mob had dumped Parker into the Pearl River. After the belief that the body would never be found, this was the second most commonly shared opinion in Pearl River County. But nature lent an unexpected helping hand with the end of the spring rains, enabling the agents to inspect in greater detail the river and all its twists and turns. Working in shifts, they scoured the banks once again, hoping the receding waters would leave a clue about Parker's fate. Often they ran into parties of reporters working on their own. Several hours after the search had begun on Monday, May 4, 1959, ten days after a mob carried him from the Pearl River County Jail, Parker's body bobbed to the surface two and a half miles south of' the Bogalusa Bridge. It waited, caught in a driftwood jam, for someone to come along and retrieve it.

An FBI agent and a state trooper patrolling the river in a small

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