The Trail Went Cold

The Trail Went Cold – Episode 180 – Joseph Edwards

The Trail Went Cold – Episode 180 – Joseph Edwards

July 12, 1964. Vidalia, Louisiana. 25-year old Joseph “Joe-Ed” Edwards is seen leaving his place of employment, the Shamrock Motel. Shortly thereafter, an eyewitness sees Joe-Ed’s vehicle pulled over by the side of the highway and three white males and what appears to be an unmarked police car are also at the scene. Joe-Ed is never heard from again and his abandoned vehicle is discovered one week later. As the years go by, rumours circulate that Joe-Ed was the victim of a hate crime and may have been murdered for attempting to kiss a white woman. Some local police officers and members of the Ku Klux Klan are suspected of being responsible for Joe-Ed’s disappearance, but even after multiple investigations by the FBI and Department of Justice, no one is ever charged and no trace of Joe-Ed is ever found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel back to the Civil Rights Era and explore the horrific and tragic story of an unsolved racially-motivated disappearance which took place only ten days after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Additional Reading: https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/joseph-joed-edwards-notice-close-file https://www.hannapub.com/concordiasentinel/frank_morris_murder/cold-case-whatever-happened-to-joseph-edwards-was-he-silver-dollar-group-target/article_fa868fb0-41a4-11e3-8e10-0019bb30f31a.html https://www.hannapub.com/concordiasentinel/frank_morris_murder/cold-case-mysteries-of-the-night-joseph-edwards-disappeared/article_faa1f7bc-4af7-11e3-9d26-001a4bcf6878.html https://www.hannapub.com/concordiasentinel/frank_morris_murder/cold-case-who-killed-joseph-edwards-doj-names-suspects-closes-1964-case/article_71dc31ee-424c-11e3-848f-0019bb30f31a.html http://lsucoldcaseproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Joseph-Edwards-SCANNED.pdf "Unsolved Civil Rights Murder Cases, 1934-1970" by Michael Newton https://web.archive.org/web/20130429140958/http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?id=6830 https://web.archive.org/web/20130518114607/http://www.concordiasentinel.com/print.php?story=7297 https://web.archive.org/web/20130429111854/http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?id=5108 http://charleyproject.org/case/joseph-edwards “The Trail Went Cold” is on Patreon! Visit www.patreon.com/thetrailwentcold to become a patron and gain access to our exclusive bonus content. Join us on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00pm Eastern Time for an online streaming Unsolved Mysteries marathon where we will be watching segments about cases covered on episodes of “The Trail Went Cold”. You can enter our screening room by clicking on this link. “The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Click here to listen to the podcast on Stitcher. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Music. The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote. All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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