Skip to comments.Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dead
Posted on 04/20/2014 8:01:56 AM PDT by SMGFan
Rubin Hurricane Carter, the boxer who infamously served 19 years in jail after he was wrongly convicted for a triple murder, passed away Sunday in Toronto at the age of 76. Immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and a 1999 feature film, Carter was jailed in 1966 for a fatal shooting at a bar in New Jersey. Although he and his acquaintance John Artis passed a lie detector test and professed their innocence, the all-white jury convicted them. After multiple legal efforts, in 1985 a federal judge ruled that the convictions of Carter and Artis were based "upon an appeal to racism rather than reason and concealment rather than disclosure. Once freed, Carter began a new life in Canada and devoted himself to helping others who were wrongly convicted.
Don’t know the story. For that I have a question: How bad was his rap sheet? If it was his first and only incident then indeed, justice did not prevail. But if like too many others, he kept getting into trouble beforehand I say ‘you win some, you lose some.’ There’s too much power in victimization.
I always think of Wooderson entering the Emporium [Dazed and Confused] whenever I see his name.
From what I remember he probably did do it.
One of my favorites...
Here’s the song by Bob:
William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll...
From Wikipedia: According to Carolyn Kelley, a 61-year-old from Newark working as a bail bondswoman in 1975, she was asked to get involved in the effort to win a new trial for Mr. Carter. She devoted more than a year to raising funds for Mr. Carter. Mr. Carter's appeal was upheld. In March 1976, Mr. Carter was released on bail to await a new trial. A few weeks later, Mrs. Kelly says the boxer beat her into unconsciousness in his hotel room during a meeting she sought with him over affairs relating to her involvement with his cause. Rumors of the beating got out. Finally, Chuck Stone, a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, broke the story of the alleged beating in a front-page article. After Mr. Stone's column ran, the alleged beating became a national story. Mr. Carter's celebrity support melted away."
He was no angel, that's for sure.
I checked his story out when the movie was released - it looked to me like he probably was guilty.
I believe Dylan took extreme liberties with that story also.
I like Bob a lot, but he liked to go for the emotional response, as an artist tends to do. He's not historian.
He said he got a lot of his political info back then from his girlfriend Suze Rotolo.
Well the whole episode did result in one of the greatest Bob Dylan songs being written. Hopefully Bob shared some royalties with Hurricane after he got out of prison.
Yeah. And Rotolo was a complete apologist for Castro and other collectivist nonsense. She never wised up.
Speaking of Dylan protest songs of the justice system, I really liked Fairport Convention’s cover of “Percy’s Song.”
Carter was guilty as hell, convicted twice by juries who heard the evidence. He was released by a judge based on a song by Bob Dylan.
From what i heard his story is bullshitte. If you watch the fight he claims to have won, he didn’t.
That was a time when many black men like Carter were supposedly railroaded into jail. At least many white libs like Dylan swallowed those stories. I read Carter’s ghostwritten bio, which contained a number of stories of which I was extremely skeptical as to their veracity. I don’t know for sure if he did the crime he was put in prison for or not, but he was a violent person in and out of the ring.
There was no mention of the four people who were murdered in that Paterson bar 34 years ago. No mention of the fact that two juries found him guilty. Fact is Carter was never “exonerated.” Rather he was let out of prison in 1985 because a federal judge found that there had been “procedural errors” in the second trial. Despite eyewitnesses who tied Carter to the murder, as well as tons of other solid evidence, the prosecutors in Passaic County decided not to try the case a third time.
All this was ignored by Oprah and in the new movie. Just a tribute to Hurricane Carter. Like Denzel, Oprah owes the families of Carter’s victims (not to mention her loyal audience) an apology.
No doubt that there has been racism in our justice system in the past. However, Hurricane's story sounds like a bunch of BS.
Wikipedia is wrong. Calvin Deal, a journalist who covered the story at the time, has a website, which is not available now. Go here for a summary:
The website is http://www.graphicwitness.com/carter/
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Carter was a vile and evil murderer hiding behind claims of racism. Who could blame him? He would have been executed if not for the goofball supreme court tossing capital punishment.
Reminds me of the line uttered by Howie Long’s character in 2000 Miles to Graceland.
“He’s so bad, Bob Dylan wrote a song to keep him in prison”.
Different studio take of Dylan’s song
“and they identified Carter as a shooter months after the shooting. They recanted several years later. “
Why would you believe someone that admitted to lying?
Looks like Hurricane has been downgraded.
The original Mumia.
If you read more into this, you will find that they were bribed to recant their stories.
While leftists won’t admit it, “wrongly convicted” does NOT necessarily mean “innocent.”
Once freed, he beat the crap out of his girlfriend.
Liberals support losers.
The Demcrapweasel War on Women continues.
Joni Mitchell regrets singing and fundraising on his behalf.
That's nothing, twice convicted murdered "Leadbelly" got released on testimony by folklorist Lomax that he was a vital singer and "songwriter" (Lomax attributed ownership to him for some public domain songs so he'd get some royalties to live on).
That was the time of "radical chic" (about the time of "porno chic") when wealthy liberals would throw house parties and fundraise for known seditious and terrorist groups.
Violent Hurricane caused by global warming, no doubt!
Yeah, the Tom Wolfe book. I never did read that book, but it was talked a lot about in the day. Even some lefty sources made fun of Leonard Bernstein. I can see why Wolfe became persona non grata with many lefties though. He made fun of their rituals and skewered them for allying with anti-American radicals. Now, many left coast and east coast mainstream lib celebrities are anti-American radicals.
You can paraphrase about Carter, the very same words Mary McCarthy said about the Leftist idol,playwrite-writer,Lillian Hellman:
“Every word out of his mouth was a lie, including every ‘and’ and ‘the’.”
And I mean EVERY SINGLE WORD. But the Left simply will, never believe that one of their icons would lie about every single thing, every single day of that icon’s life. Then again, if they are convinced, Leftisdts will excuse it with:”Well, he HAAAAAD to, he was BLAAAAACK.Blacks have been treated so horribly by....” followed by the usual river of anti-White, Lefty-verbal-diarrhea.
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