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They told you a lie because I hadn't said that.

ABC NEWS

Mr. Edwards, back in the 1960s, do you think you would have called yourself a racist?

CHARLES EDWARDS

Well, I was prejudice, yeah.

ABC NEWS

(VO) To this day, the entire case remains in limbo. But that could soon change. We have found the FBI's star informant, JN-30, and now he is ready to go public.

ERNEST GILBERT

I wish to God I would never have known about this. I really do.

ABC NEWS

In a moment, you will meet the man they call JN-30. We'll be right back.

ANNOUNCER

He was an imperial wizard of the KKK. Now he is speaking out for the first time about the unsolved murders of two teen-age boys.

ERNEST GILBERT

They were taken to the Mississippi River, weights were tied on them and they were thrown in the river alive.

(Commercial break)

ABC NEWS

When the bodies of Charles Moore and Henry Dee, two black 19-year-olds, were discovered in the Mississippi River in 1964, their families suspected it was the work of the Ku Klux Klan. They never thought they would see the murders solved. But little did they know that one was quietly trying to seek justice. Now, he tells his story for the first time.

ERNEST GILBERT

(From tape) The white people in this state are going to war. And to hell with who tries to stop them.

ABC NEWS

(VO) He was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan who says he knew the killers of Charles Moore and Henry Dee.

Mr. GILBERT: They murdered those two young boys, cold-blooded murder.

ABC NEWS

(VO) Now 36 years later, he's decided to go public for the first time and reveal what he knows.

ERNEST GILBERT

I'm doing that because I'd like to clear my conscience.

ABC NEWS

(VO) His name is ERNEST GILBERT

. (OC) Mr. Gilbert, were the killers of Charles Moore and Henry Dee white knights of the KKK?

ERNEST GILBERT

Yes, they were.

ABC NEWS

Every single one of them?

ERNEST GILBERT

Yes.

(From tape) We the officers and members of the original knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi…

ABC NEWS

(VO) ERNEST GILBERT

was once the KKK's chief spokesman and for a time its leader in Mississippi.

(OC) Were you elected to the position of imperial wizard?

ERNEST GILBERT

Imperial wizard.

ABC NEWS

That was your title?

ERNEST GILBERT

And the white knights.

ABC NEWS

(VO) He was also chief organizer, secretly recruiting officers of the law.

(OC) Did you recruit sheriff's deputies? Sheriffs themselves?

ERNEST GILBERT

Yes, I did.

ABC NEWS

Police officers?

ERNEST GILBERT

Yes.

ABC NEWS

And they all secretly belonged to the Klan?

ERNEST GILBERT

They secretly belonged to the Klan.

ABC NEWS

(VO)Ernest Gilbert's home movies form a silent archive of racist rallies, marches, parades and cross burnings. His wife happily shows off a shotgun. Here Gilbert pours himself a drink and reloads his nub-nose revolver before going to bed. The audio is from one of his speeches.

ERNEST GILBERT

(From tape I'll tell you this. I am a man of violence. I am. If ERNEST GILBERT

's going to do something, I'm damn well going to get the job done and ain't nobody ever going to know about it.

ABC NEWS

(VO) Today, ERNEST GILBERT

says that was all just talk. That all the while he was torn up inside because a friend and fellow Klansman Jack Seale and others confessed to him that they murdered Charles Moore and Henry Dee.

(OC) How did you find out who killed Moore and Dee?

ERNEST GILBERT

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