There were many atrocities committed against Blacks when they rose up and fought for their civil rights, but many crimes were left unsolved and blowing in the wind. Enter Keith Beauchamp, who, along with CBS EYE Productions and Investigation Discovery, will present “The Injustice Files,” a docu-series focused on solving cold case murders from the Civil Rights-era.
Cynthia Deitle, of the FBI’s Civil Rights Unit, provides much of the background and the interviews for the cases that “Injustice” will feature. Even the slick production that accompanies a show such as this can’t erase the grittiness, pain, anger and nervousness that surround each unsolved mystery and story.
Wharlest Jackson was a rubber cutter at the Armstrong Tire and Rubber factory in Natchez, Miss. He was promoted to a job (chemical mixer) that many considered a “whites-only” gig. Driving home from work after his first day at his new position, Jackson was killed by a car bomb. Half of his body was blown off. Deitle concludes that this type of crime couldn’t have been pulled off by a single individual. Beauchamp and Deitle make their way around Natchez to talk to people who have a hard time talking to federal investigators.
Beauchamp’s lack of connection to the government helps as he displays courage when knocking on doors, speaking and interviewing people, and collecting historical video and evidence. It’s not only a cold case reopened; it’s a piece of history that many Americans grapple with and try to whitewash.
Beauchamp, who produced “The Untold Story of Emmet Louis Till,” unpeels many layers of the Natchez, Miss., case and many others (which premiere in the coming weeks) and unveils the underbelly of America and modern man’s ability to correct an injustice if they had the desire to.
“The Injustice Files” premiers on Investigation Discovery next Friday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m.