The Hurricane Tapes

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2019030920190310 (WS)The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

2019030920190310 (WS)The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.
2019032320190324 (WS)The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.
Boy Wonder2019030920190310 (WS)
20200125 (WS)
We fast forward to 1981, to find how a 15-year-old illiterate boy named Lesra Martin succeeded where top lawyers and celebrities like Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan had failed. Lesra, a kid from the New York ghettos, learned to read thanks to Rubin Carter's autobiography. It inspired him to help free Carter, who by now had been behind bars for 15 years.

Presented by Steve Crossman and produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

How an illiterate teenager succeeded where lawyers and celebrities had failed

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

We fast forward to 1981, to find how a 15-year-old illiterate boy named Lesra Martin succeeded where top lawyers and celebrities like Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan had failed. Lesra, a kid from the New York ghettos, learned to read thanks to Rubin Carter's autobiography. It inspired him to help free Carter, who by now had been behind bars for 15 years.

Bullets, Bello And Bradley2019020920190210 (WS)"

This is the story of the first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967. How did the prosecution convince the jury without any forensic evidence, without a motive or a confession? John Artis tells us what it felt like to hear the word “guilty ?, and be told he'd been given a life sentence but avoided the execution that many thought would follow the conviction.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

Bullets, Bello And Bradley2019020920190210 (WS)"

This is the story of the first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967. How did the prosecution convince the jury without any forensic evidence, without a motive or a confession? John Artis tells us what it felt like to hear the word “guilty ?, and be told he'd been given a life sentence but avoided the execution that many thought would follow the conviction.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

Bullets, Bello And Bradley2019020920190210 (WS)
20191228 (WS)
This is the story of the first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967. How did the prosecution convince the jury without any forensic evidence, without a motive or a confession? John Artis tells us what it felt like to hear the word “guilty”, and be told he'd been given a life sentence but avoided the execution that many thought would follow the conviction.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

This is the story of the first trial of Rubin Carter and John Artis in the spring of 1967. How did the prosecution convince the jury without any forensic evidence, without a motive or a confession? John Artis tells us what it felt like to hear the word “guilty ?, and be told he'd been given a life sentence but avoided the execution that many thought would follow the conviction.

Chipmunk2019021620190217 (WS)"

The story moves forward seven years to 1975. Carter and Artis have largely been forgotten, and are serving their triple life sentences in prison. All their appeals had failed, and they had effectively given up any hope of being freed. But their case made it back on to the front pages, because of the tenacity of one man: public investigator Fred 'Chipmunk' Hogan.

Presented by Steve Crossman.

Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

How Carter and Artis's case made its way back into the headlines

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

Chipmunk2019021620190217 (WS)
20200104 (WS)
The story moves forward seven years to 1975. Carter and Artis have largely been forgotten, and are serving their triple life sentences in prison. All their appeals had failed, and they had effectively given up any hope of being freed. But their case made it back on to the front pages, because of the tenacity of one man: public investigator Fred 'Chipmunk' Hogan.

Presented by Steve Crossman.

Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

How Carter and Artis's case made its way back into the headlines

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

Muhammad Ali And Bob Dylan2019022320190224 (WS)"

In 1976, Rubin Carter became a cause célèbre. Eight years after he and John Artis were given a triple life sentence for murdering three people in a New Jersey bar, Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan put their celebrity might behind clearing their names. We hear from Ali himself, learn that he and Rubin hated each other, and meet the man who built bridges between them. Also, Tom Vicedomini, grandson of one of the Lafayette Bar and Grill victims, tells how he learned about his grandfather's murder almost a decade after it actually happened.

Presented by Steve Crossman.
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

Carter and Artis get some famous supporters

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

Muhammad Ali And Bob Dylan2019022320190224 (WS)
20200111 (WS)
In 1976, Rubin Carter became a cause célèbre. Eight years after he and John Artis were given a triple life sentence for murdering three people in a New Jersey bar, Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan put their celebrity might behind clearing their names. We hear from Ali himself, learn that he and Rubin hated each other, and meet the man who built bridges between them. Also, Tom Vicedomini, grandson of one of the Lafayette Bar and Grill victims, tells how he learned about his grandfather's murder almost a decade after it actually happened.

Presented by Steve Crossman.
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

Carter and Artis get some famous supporters

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

In 1976, Rubin Carter became a cause célèbre. Eight years after he and John Artis were given a triple life sentence for murdering three people in a New Jersey bar, Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan put their celebrity might behind clearing their names. We hear from Ali himself, learn that he and Rubin hated each other, and meet the man who built bridges between them. Also, Tom Vicedomini, grandson of one of the Lafayette Bar and Grill victims, tells how he learned about his grandfather's murder almost a decade after it actually happened.

Murders At The Lafayette2019012620190127 (WS)
20191214 (WS)
We walk through the night of the murders, hearing from Rubin Carter via the audio tapes, and speak to John Artis - the other man convicted of the crime.

We also meet the lead detective's son, who gives us access to his father's private files. Lt Vincent De Simone died in the 1970s, but these tapes produce something never heard before: his account of that night, and the case in his own words.

So for the first time ever, we hear from both sides, as the story unfolds of the night of the murders, and how the two suspects were locked in interrogation rooms for 17 hours immediately after the crime.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer

Four shot, three killed, two murderers on the run

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.

Racial Revenge2019030220190303 (WS)
20200118 (WS)
This is the story of the second trial in 1976. We visit the Passaic County Courthouse, and meet prosecutor Ron Marmo and defense lawyer Lou Steel, the two men who battled it out in court. The episode centres on what the prosecution put forward to the jury: the supposed motive for the Lafayette Bar and Grill murders. We reveal details of another shooting, one which took place only a few hours earlier on that same night in 1966. Could it spell doom for Carter and Artis?

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The story of Carter and Artis's second trial in 1976

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

The Making Of Rubin Carter2019011920190120 (WS)"

Racism, poverty and violence. Enter the world of Rubin Carter #HurricaneTapes

Meet Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter. To understand the events of June 1966 we must first understand him: the man, the boxer, his life and the times he lived in.

The previously unheard cassette recordings reveal his traumatic childhood, entwined with racism and violence; how he finds redemption in boxing, and how his violent persona in the ring spills out on to the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. It’s about why he thought cops targeted him, all set against the 1966 backdrop of civil rights era America.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

The Making Of Rubin Carter2019011920190120 (WS)"

Racism, poverty and violence. Enter the world of Rubin Carter #HurricaneTapes

Meet Rubin ‘Hurricane' Carter. To understand the events of June 1966 we must first understand him: the man, the boxer, his life and the times he lived in.

The previously unheard cassette recordings reveal his traumatic childhood, entwined with racism and violence; how he finds redemption in boxing, and how his violent persona in the ring spills out on to the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. It's about why he thought cops targeted him, all set against the 1966 backdrop of civil rights era America.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

The Making Of Rubin Carter2019011920190120 (WS)"

Racism, poverty and violence. Enter the world of Rubin Carter #HurricaneTapes

Meet Rubin ‘Hurricane' Carter. To understand the events of June 1966 we must first understand him: the man, the boxer, his life and the times he lived in.

The previously unheard cassette recordings reveal his traumatic childhood, entwined with racism and violence; how he finds redemption in boxing, and how his violent persona in the ring spills out on to the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. It's about why he thought cops targeted him, all set against the 1966 backdrop of civil rights era America.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

The Making Of Rubin Carter2019011920190120 (WS)
20191207 (WS)
Racism, poverty and violence. Enter the world of Rubin Carter #HurricaneTapes

Meet Rubin ‘Hurricane' Carter. To understand the events of June 1966 we must first understand him: the man, the boxer, his life and the times he lived in.

The previously unheard cassette recordings reveal his traumatic childhood, entwined with racism and violence; how he finds redemption in boxing, and how his violent persona in the ring spills out on to the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. It's about why he thought cops targeted him, all set against the 1966 backdrop of civil rights era America.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

Thieves In The Night2019020220190203 (WS)
20191221 (WS)
We meet the two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis. Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley would become star witnesses, but why were they at the scene of the crime?

Plus, for the first time, the policeman that arrested John Artis and Rubin Carter tells us his side of the story, and we hear that dramatic arrest told from both sides.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

02Murders At The Lafayette2019012620190127 (WS)"

We walk through the night of the murders, hearing from Rubin Carter via the audio tapes, and speak to John Artis - the other man convicted of the crime.

We also meet the lead detective’s son, who gives us access to his father’s private files. Lt Vincent De Simone died in the 1970s, but these tapes produce something never heard before: his account of that night, and the case in his own words.

So for the first time ever, we hear from both sides, as the story unfolds of the night of the murders, and how the two suspects were locked in interrogation rooms for 17 hours immediately after the crime.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer

Four shot, three killed, two murderers on the run

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

02Murders At The Lafayette2019012620190127 (WS)"

We walk through the night of the murders, hearing from Rubin Carter via the audio tapes, and speak to John Artis - the other man convicted of the crime.

We also meet the lead detective's son, who gives us access to his father's private files. Lt Vincent De Simone died in the 1970s, but these tapes produce something never heard before: his account of that night, and the case in his own words.

So for the first time ever, we hear from both sides, as the story unfolds of the night of the murders, and how the two suspects were locked in interrogation rooms for 17 hours immediately after the crime.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer

Four shot, three killed, two murderers on the run

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

02Murders At The Lafayette2019012620190127 (WS)"

We walk through the night of the murders, hearing from Rubin Carter via the audio tapes, and speak to John Artis - the other man convicted of the crime.

We also meet the lead detective's son, who gives us access to his father's private files. Lt Vincent De Simone died in the 1970s, but these tapes produce something never heard before: his account of that night, and the case in his own words.

So for the first time ever, we hear from both sides, as the story unfolds of the night of the murders, and how the two suspects were locked in interrogation rooms for 17 hours immediately after the crime.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer

Four shot, three killed, two murderers on the run

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

03Thieves In The Night2019020220190203 (WS)"

We meet the two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis. Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley would become star witnesses, but why were they at the scene of the crime?

Plus, for the first time, the policeman that arrested John Artis and Rubin Carter tells us his side of the story, and we hear that dramatic arrest told from both sides.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

03Thieves In The Night2019020220190203 (WS)"

We meet the two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis. Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley would become star witnesses, but why were they at the scene of the crime?

Plus, for the first time, the policeman that arrested John Artis and Rubin Carter tells us his side of the story, and we hear that dramatic arrest told from both sides.

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The two eyewitnesses that led police to focus on, and eventually arrest, Carter and Artis

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

07Racial Revenge2019030220190303 (WS)"

This is the story of the second trial in 1976. We visit the Passaic County Courthouse, and meet prosecutor Ron Marmo and defense lawyer Lou Steel, the two men who battled it out in court. The episode centres on what the prosecution put forward to the jury: the supposed motive for the Lafayette Bar and Grill murders. We reveal details of another shooting, one which took place only a few hours earlier on that same night in 1966. Could it spell doom for Carter and Artis?

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The story of Carter and Artis's second trial in 1976

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

07Racial Revenge2019030220190303 (WS)"

This is the story of the second trial in 1976. We visit the Passaic County Courthouse, and meet prosecutor Ron Marmo and defense lawyer Lou Steel, the two men who battled it out in court. The episode centres on what the prosecution put forward to the jury: the supposed motive for the Lafayette Bar and Grill murders. We reveal details of another shooting, one which took place only a few hours earlier on that same night in 1966. Could it spell doom for Carter and Artis?

Presented by Steve Crossman
Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service

The story of Carter and Artis's second trial in 1976

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

"

08Boy Wonder2019030920190310 (WS)"

We fast forward to 1981, to find how a 15-year-old illiterate boy named Lesra Martin succeeded where top lawyers and celebrities like Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan had failed. Lesra, a kid from the New York ghettos, learned to read thanks to Rubin Carter's autobiography. It inspired him to help free Carter, who by now had been behind bars for 15 years.

Presented by Steve Crossman and produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

How an illiterate teenager succeeded where lawyers and celebrities had failed

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

09Take It To The Judge2019031620190317 (WS)"

Rubin Carter prepares for his biggest gamble. Win, and he goes free. Lose, and there is no longer any legal remedy; in short, he'd die in prison. We meet the judge who held Carter's life in his hands, and find out why he came to the conclusion he did.

Presented by Steve Crossman.

Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter."

09Take It To The Judge2019031620190317 (WS)
20200201 (WS)
Rubin Carter prepares for his biggest gamble. Win, and he goes free. Lose, and there is no longer any legal remedy; in short, he'd die in prison. We meet the judge who held Carter's life in his hands, and find out why he came to the conclusion he did.

Presented by Steve Crossman.

Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

10Nineteen Pages2019032320190324 (WS)
20200208 (WS)
With Carter now free, the series takes a twist. We begin our own investigation and meet the independent investigator who was asked to look into the case by the Governor of New Jersey. Despite his report being top secret, we have seen the first 19 pages, and it offers a compelling and completely different theory to the night of the crime.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

A top secret report offers a completely different theory about what happened

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

11Join The Dots2019033020190331 (WS)
20200215 (WS)
Armed with Eldridge Hawkins' theory, we go off in search of more evidence. We return to the Passaic County Courthouse, and gain access to a cache of documents. Nestled in the middle is a confidential report from the man who worked on the independent investigation alongside Hawkins. This report has never been published, and contains far more detail and information than has ever been in the public domain before.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.

12Who's To Blame?2019040620190407 (WS)
20200222 (WS)
We present our findings to John Artis, and ask him who is to blame for what has happened over the last 50 years, and we try to persuade Jonny Carter to tell us who it was that apparently confessed to the killings on their death bed.

Presented by Steve Crossman. Produced by Steve Crossman and Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.

Who is to blame for how the case unfolded?

The true story of the triple murder convictions of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter.