Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)|
In a depiction of a true story, convicted murderer, Byron "Delay" De La Beckwith VI (1920/11/09-2001/01/21)played by James Woodis shown driving a car with a Shriners symbol attached to his rear view mirror and, in several scenes, wearing a Shriners lapel pin.
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods. Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Leo Colick, Columbia Pictures & Castle Rock Entertainment. USA
"[Ronald Mark Acy] remembered that the car had a long antenna on the passengers side and he saw "some kind of emblem hanging from the review mirror...." He stated that the emblem had "some kind of big star on it, and then it had some kind of big sword - looking thing running through it some kind of way". He described this as a Shriners emblem. He positively identified photographs of Beckwiths car as being the car he had seen and the photo of the Shriners emblem as being identical to the one he had seen."
Excerpted from De La Beckwith v State, 707 So. 2d 547 (Miss. 1997) Rehearing Denied March 26, 1998 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF MISSISSIPPI NO. 94-KA-00402-SCT CONSOLIDATED WITH 91-IA-01207-SCT BYRON DE LA BECKWITH, VI v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, 16.
Grand Lodge of Mississippi F.&A.M. records show that Byron De La Beckwith received his Master Mason degree in Greenwood Lodge No. 35 on 30 September, 1954. He was expelled from Greenwood Lodge No. 5 on 2 January, 1978 and the Grand lodge of Mississippi confirmed this expulsion in February 1979 during the Annual Grand Lodge Communication. The Grand Lodge has no record as to him serving as an officer in Greenwood Lodge No. 35.