June 21st, 2012 By Pedro FernandezCARTER STORY IN READERS DIGEST FORMAT
San Francisco, CA- Having once met Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, I walked away from the meeting as perplexed afterwards as I was before the encounter. Although all I said was hello to him, I wondered could this be a man who murdered three people n 1966 with John Artis in a Patterson, NJ tavern? Having encountered mass murderers and murderers in my life as a police officer and in my personal life, this seeing my cousin once killed a guy on a night I sidestepped going out with him because of my mother’s warnings. After the Police called me to appear in a lineup two days later, something I refused to do because one of my cousins was almost identical to me in looks was involved, but not arrested.
ERIC BOTTJER SAID CARTER DID THE GRUESOME DEED!
Although veteran matchmaker, a former college educated journalist Eric Bottjer tells me that Rubin did indeed commit the three murders in the Lafayette Grill, Carter was eventually freed after 19 years on a “technicality” if you are of the Eric Bottjer ilk. Others say he was not retried because the evidence did not support a third trial. But Bottjer also feels Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed President John Kennedy, something I will prove was not the case in a book I plan to have ready for the publisher by October of this year.
“HURRICANE” SUPPORTERS SAY IT WAS A FRAME UP!
If you rap with people who supported Carter during his incarceration, the prosecution decided not to prosecute the fighter known as “Hurricane” after two convictions the 60s in 1985 because they knew they had the wrong guy. The Lafayette Grill bartender, who was one of the three that was whacked, was said to be a racist who used the “N” word as often as the Republicans use the word “veto” when President Obama puts forth legislation. From what I’ve learned, seeing blacks were denied patronage at the bar, this was part of the equation that resulted in the murders.
THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THE STORY: DON’T KNOW WHICH IS CORRECT!
I can write 10,000 words giving you reasons why Rubin did the murders and an equal amount of verbiage claiming he was innocent. I can tell you that a car, one that mirrored Carter’s to a “T” was described as the getaway vehicle. In closing, I’m going to leave this up to the readers who can read a bit before formulating an opinion. Personally, I think that Carter, who was in the bar ten minutes before the killings “looks good” for the triple murder, but you need to realize that I am an ex-cop, albeit an unusual one in that I believe black men and people of color have been jailed for crimes they did not commit and admittedly state that the system of criminal prosecution is slanted against people of color.
LET’S LEAVE THIS UP TO A RINGTALK.COM JURY
That being said, Carter who now lives in Canada, do you think Rubin killed three people in 1966? Was he an angry black man who after spending 19 years in jail skated, or was he innocent from the get-go? I ask that you do some research before submitting your opinion. As a professional fighter, Carter went 27-12-1, 27 KOs, twice dropping and winning a TKO 1 over former and future middleweight champ Emile Griffith.