Three hundred yards later, the attackers stopped his car, most likely by roadblock or ruse, and gathered around with shotguns. All of the windows were shot out, multiple bullet holes were observed in at least one door, and part of the steering wheel was blasted off.
The Walker case is just one among thousands of violent, racially motivated acts from the civil rights era that remain unsolved.
“All these years we’ve been requesting to meet with the Justice Department or the FBI agents, and we got no response, just promises,” Catherine Walker Jones said.
“And they’ve closed the case and they dispatch [an agent] to give me a Dear John letter.” The last person to investigate the Walker case was special agent Bradley Hentschel, at least the third agent on the case since it was reopened.
An impoverished lumber town somewhat eclipsed by Natchez’s industrial plants, strip malls and tourist economy, Woodville is best known as the birthplace of jazz legend Lester Young and home of the , the oldest continuously running newspaper in the state.