Patsy Sims

Patsy Sims has published three books, including The Klan, and is working on a memoir tentatively titled Doing Time in Texas: The Story of a Girl, a Prison, and a Town Called Sugar Land. She directed Goucher College's creative nonfiction program for thirteen years.

November 05, 2014

In the summer of 1976, Patsy Sims traveled to Mississippi to interview Preacher Edgar Ray Killen about his role—then only suspected—as the organizer of the killing party of three civil rights workers (Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman). She believed him to be a leader in the White Knights of Mississippi, an especially virulent chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. For the interview they sat alone in a motel room in Meridian, Mississippi, where she asked him, point blank, if he’d ever killed anyone.