Samuel Bowers, the former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard who was serving a life sentence for the 1966 bombing of civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer, Sr. has died. He died Sunday in prison at Parchman State Penitentiary of cardio pulmonary arrest. He was 82 years old. Bowers was convicted in August of 1998 in Hattiesburg of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer Sr., a civil rights activist who had fought for black rights during Mississippi's turbulent struggle for racial equality. Bowers died at approximately 11:30 a.m.