Real Name: O'Neal Moore
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Washington Parish, Louisiana
Date: June 2, 1965
Details: O'Neal Moore was a thirty-four-year-old black sheriff's deputy during the Civil Rights Movement. It was a time when many police departments in the South were being integrated. However, racial tensions were still running high, as protests against segregation continued in several southern communities.
On July 1, 1964, O'Neal was partnered with Officer David "Creed" Rogers, another black officer. Several people in Washington Parish, however, were not happy that African-Americans were becoming part of the police department. As a result, the two deputies were often harassed while on duty.
On the night of June 2, 1965, they were tailgated by a pickup truck; however, they were not concerned at the time. At one point, they spotted a fire burning on the side of the road. They made a u-turn and went to inspect the fire. They determined that it was just a trash fire, so they again made a u-turn and headed south. They passed the pickup truck again, which began to follow them again. The truck pulled up alongside the officers, and the occupants began opening fire on the deputies.
A neighbor came up to the car to help the two; he found O'Neal dead and Creed badly injured. The man stood guard until police arrived a few minutes later. Creed was blinded in the left eye, but he survived and gave a description of the truck and its occupants. Deputy Doyle Holliday began an immediate search for the killers and their truck. Less than an hour later, the driver of a similar truck was picked up in Tollertown, Mississippi, just twenty miles away. The truck almost exactly fit the description of the suspect vehicle, except that it had no side rails. The driver was arrested and bonded out on $25,000 bail. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
Suspicion fell on the Ku Klux Klan; however, the local chapter denied responsibility. A few days after the shooting, a new black deputy was hired to replace O'Neal. Two weeks after that, Doyle's home was shot at by unknown assailants. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident. Doyle believes he was targeted because of the investigation. The FBI investigated the case, but found few leads. A $25,000 reward was offered by the Louisiana governor, but scared residents refused to cooperate, and the case fell inactive in 1967.
It was finally reopened in June 1987 after three informants contacted the FBI, claiming to know the killers. One informant gave the names of three specific individuals, along with their getaway route. FBI agent Michael Heimback is convinced the killers are members of the Klan. However, the FBI has not enough evidence to arrest anyone as of yet. A $20,000 reward is being offered currently in the case.
Creed later became Captain of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department. He retired in 1988, but still hopes that his partner's killers will be found.
Suspects: The killers' vehicle was described as a dark-colored (possibly black) pickup truck with white rails and a rebel tag on the front. There is no description available for the shooters.
There are several suspects in the case, but the investigators have not revealed the identities of the men. The Ku Klux Klan is suspected in the case. Several informants confirmed that the local Klan was involved.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the November 14, 1990 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unresolved. In 2001, the case was again re-opened. Authorities later identified the prime suspect in the case as Ernest Ray McElveen, a known white supremacist. He was the man that was originally arrested, but never charged, during the original investigation. In 2003, McElveen died without ever being charged. In 2009, the case was re-opened by the Civil Rights-era Cold Case Initiative. However, no one has been arrested in the case.
Sadly, Doyle Holliday passed away in 1998, and David "Creed" Rogers passed away in 2007.
- O'Neal Moore at Unsolved.com
- O'Neal Moore on Wikipedia
- Officer Down Memorial Page
- O'Neal Moore at Find a Grave
- Answers Elusive in 1965 Slaying