Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter Dies At 76

Apr 21, 2014 | G-BLOG | 0 comments


Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter who was convicted and imprisoned for nearly 20 years for a triple murder charge he didn’t commit, died at his home in Toronto at the age of 76.
Carter, a professional middleweight boxer from New Jersey with a swift left hook and a troubled past, was convicted back in 1967 by an all-white jury at the age of 29, (despite a lack of evidence) after a bartender and two customers were shot dead one night at the Lafayette Grill in the city of Paterson.
A death penalty was sought out for Carter and fellow convicted acquaintance John Artis, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout with no criminal record, but the jury recommended life sentences instead.
Following a series of events that included Carter’s published 1974 autobiography (“The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472”), and Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane” that gathered a great deal of public support (including a group of Canadians), Carter at 48 years old, was eventually freed without bail in November 1985.
In the early 90s, Carter made a fresh start in Toronto, then the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) from 1993 until 2005. He became known as an acclaimed speaker, and most notably a world-renowned champion for the wrongly convicted.  
Carter died from terminal prostate cancer at his home last night, he was diagnosed with the disease back in 2012. At the time, doctors gave him between three and six months to live.
RIP Mr. Carter, you’ll be greatly missed.

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