In February 2007, the FBI officially launched a new investigative effort called the Civil Rights-Era Cold Case Initiative, tasked with taking a fresh look at racially-motivated homicide investigations that occurred prior to 1970. Since then, over 100 cold cases have been identified for this initiative.
To bring attention to these important investigations, critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp combs through records, interviews family members, witnesses and investigators, and pieces together the known facts of each case in Investigation Discovery’s The Injustice Files. Beauchamp attempts to interview potential suspects and individuals who may know who was responsible for these murders, sometimes confronting them in their driveways after attempts to contact them for interviews prove unsuccessful.
Premiering Friday, February 18, at 9pm ET/PT, each episode of The Injustice Files examines the victim’s life and describes the suspects and theories from the original investigation. The first episode tells the story of Wharlest Jackson, a worker at a tire factory in Natchez, Mississippi and the treasurer of his local NAACP chapter. Jackson was murdered when a bomb in his car exploded on his way home from work, but no one was ever arrested for the crime.
Watch a sneek peak of the series: