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The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

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The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by English, T. J., 9780061824586
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  • ISBN: 9780061824586 | 0061824585
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/27/2012
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A finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime On August 28, 1963-the day Martin Luther King Jr. declared "I have a dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial-two young white women were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. The so-called Career Girls Murders case sent ripples of fear throughout the city as police scrambled to find the killer. But it also marked the start of a ten-year saga of fear, racial violence, and turmoil in the city-as events progressed from the Harlem riots of the mid-1960s to the Panther Twenty-one trials and police corruption hearings of the early 1970s.The Savage Cityexplores this traumatic decade through the stories of three very different men: George Whitmore Jr., an innocent black teenager coerced into confessing to murder; Bill Phillips, a brazenly crooked officer whose public testimony sparked the largest scandal in NYPD history; and Dhoruba Bin Wahad, a founding member of New York's Black Panther Party, caught in the crossfire as the conflict between the Panthers and the police escalated into open warfare.

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