case 2: The bag of bones

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The story of eu­gene leroy An­der­son – the so-called ‘bag of bones’ case – is one of the most dis­turb­ing.

An­der­son, 20, was sym­pa­thetic to the black Pan­thers, the far-left group chal­leng­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity against African Americans.

but, in 1969, bal­ti­more was rife with racial and po­lit­i­cal ten­sion, and lo­cal Pan­thers thought eu­gene was a po­lice in­former. so, that July, it’s be­lieved they kid­napped and tor­tured him.

they stubbed cig­a­rettes on his fore­head, beat him, gouged his eyes and cut his skin with hot knives, be­fore shoot­ing him and dis­pos­ing of his body.

his re­mains were found in oc­to­ber 1969 and, al­though reports of his death were de­tailed and count­less bal­ti­more black Pan­thers stood trial, no-one was con­victed.

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