Birmingham Church Bomber Denied Parole

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama’s parole board heeded the victims’ families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served 15 years of a life term for being part of a group of Klansmen who planted a bomb outside Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church during the civil rights movement. Lisa McNair, a sister of bombing victim Denise McNair, was relieved by the decision.

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Parole Denied For Birmingham Church Bomber

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s parole board decided Wednesday against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago. The decision to keep Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, imprisoned was met with applause at the hearing. Relatives of three of the slain girls spoke against Blanton’s release during the hearing. “Justice is served,” Lisa McNair, sister of bombing victim Denise McNair, said afterward. Blanton is the last surviving KKK member convicted of murder in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

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16th Street Baptist Church bombing victim shares thoughts after attacker’s parole is denied

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Sarah Collins Rudolph, victim of the 1963 bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, shares her thoughts after a parole hearing for bomber Thomas E. Blanton Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. Blanton was denied parole and will co