Ep. 11 When Doing the Right Thing Get’s You Killed: The Murder of William L. Moore

Welcome Nerdlings!  It’s time for another episode of Crime Time Nerds.  This week we are going to take a look at a historical figure that many folks may never have heard of.  His name was William Lewis Moore and he was murdered on April 23rd, 1963 when he was conducting a peaceful protest within Alabama State Lines to protest racial segregation.  This is a case that deals with a dark part of American history and at its heart this is a case about racism and one young man who wanted to make the world a better place.


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