PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist.
US magazine Rolling Stone said Monday it has asked the highly regarded Columbia Journalism School to look into its discredited story about a gang rape at a major American university. In a statement to appear in the magazine's next issue, co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner said Columbia would be investigating "the editorial process that led to the publication" of the 9,000-word story on sexual assault at the University of Virginia. "As soon as they are finished, we will publish their report," he said, referring to Columbia's dean of journalism Steve Coll and its head of academic affairs, Sheila Coronel. Rolling Stone all but retracted its story on December 5, saying it was wrong to have trusted the alleged gang rape victim's version of what happened.