thomas blanton

Last Surviving 16th Street Baptist Church Bomber Dies in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP) The last surviving KKK member convicted in the 1963 bombing that killed four black girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham has died in prison. Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr. died of natural causes.  He was 81. The bombing killed four girls: Addie Mae Collins, 14; Denise McNair, 11;…

1963 Birmingham Church Bomber Denied Parole

Alabama’s parole board has decided against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago. The girls killed were 14 year old Addie Mae Collins, 14 year old Cynthia Wesley,  14 year old  Carole Robertson,  and 11 year old Carol Denise McNair. The Wednesday decision to keep 76-year-old Thomas…