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Police: Letters “KKK” Written in Slain Civil Rights Worker’s Home

January 17, 1992

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The letters ″KKK″ were written on a wall in the home where civil rights activist Earl Craig Jr. was found slain, police said Thursday.

Police Chief John Laux said it’s not clear if the Ku Klux Klan reference means the crime was racially motivated or whether the symbol was intended as a decoy.

Craig’s body was found Tuesday in his Minneapolis condominium. An autopsy concluded he died of a stab wound to the neck.

The KKK reference wasn’t revealed earlier because investigators needed time to study it, Laux said.

″It’s a very emotional piece of information,″ he said.

Bill Davis of the Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called the development in the case frightening.

″We do know that there is an active KKK coalition or following in the Twin Cities area,″ Davis said.

Police said the KKK symbol was written with a regular writing utensil but would not say how large it was or exactly where it was found.

Also Thursday, Craig’s missing vehicle was located at an apartment building parking lot in suburban Crystal, Minn.

Craig was president of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition in the 1970s and worked to improve conditions for the poor. He unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey in 1970 and was a Democratic national committeeman from 1972 to 1980.

Craig was chairman of the Minnesota Board of Human Rights under Gov. Rudy Perpich. At his death, he was director of the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization program.

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