The Case of Carlton Gary

David Rose on Start the Week
In the 1970s, seven elderly women were raped and murdered in Columbus, Georgia. The victims were affluent and white and the police believed from an early stage that the killer was black. Eight years after the last murder, an African-American, Carlton Gary, was convicted and sentenced to death. He is still on death row. Award-winning reporter David Rose has followed this case for almost a decade and he talks about how he uncovered important fresh evidence that was hidden from Gary's trial, evidence which suggests that he is innocent. He also demonstrates how this series of egregious crimes provoked a resurgence of ancient hatreds that Americans sometimes pretend belong to the past, resulting in a miscarriage of justice.
A disturbing insight to the flawed US legal system, particularly as it applies to poor Black men in the southern states: