Harry T. Moore    

Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore
2005 - 2006
Murder Investigation

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From: AGNews AGNews@oag.state.fl.us
Subject: Attorney General Consumer Bulletin
Thu, 24 Aug 2006

Suspects named in Moore's murder

A 20-month investigation into the murder of Florida civil rights pioneer Harry T. Moore concluded with a finding of extensive circumstantial evidence that he was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The inquiry was conducted by the Attorney General's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Moore and his wife Harriette died on Christmas Day 1951 when a bomb detonated under their house in Mims, a small town in rural Brevard County. A teacher, school administrator and activist, Moore had devoted his life to civil rights, particularly voting rights for black Floridians.

After reviewing earlier inquiries, conducting more than 100 new interviews and excavating the crime scene, investigators concluded that at least four individuals were directly involved:

All of the suspects are deceased. An early FBI investigation developed information that cast suspicion on Brooklyn and Belvin. Cox shot himself after the FBI informed him it had evidence on him. But the investigation was closed in 1955 with no arrests.

The new investigative report and other information about Harry T. Moore is available at The Florida Attorney General Consumer Bulletin of December 2005, which described Moore's civil rights work, can also be found at the Attorney General's website.

Charlie Crist

Investigative Case Summary - Final Report (pdf)

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