The Truth about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

Contradictions between the 3 books and timeline on the night of the murders

There are three books about Rubin Carter’s life and the Patterson, New Jersey murders:

The 16th Round, From number 1 contender to number 45472.  This is Carter’s autobiography published in 1974. Carter’s autobiography contains many premeditated lies - some very clever, some very obvious and many facts are changed or conveniently forgotten. For Rubin Carter to claim he was wrongly convicted of 3 murders and then write an autobiography with so many provable lies makes it impossible to believe his claims of innocence - or any thing else he says.  

Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Untold Story of the Freeing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  Published in 1991, this is the  approved biography of his life written by Chaiton and Swinton.

Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter.  Published in 2000 by James Hirsch.

The 16th Round (1974)
Carters Autobiography 

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Numerous medals and patches have been airbrushed on.
Lazarus and the Hurricane
Approved biography (1991)
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Carter's Army 

 

 

 

No photo for obvious reasons.

Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey
of Rubin Carter.  (2000)
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The correct photo. Carter didn't receive any awards in the military. He was court-martialed 4 times and booted out of the Army.

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The photo in Carter's autobiography is a fraud.

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Carter claims Detective DeSimone has hounded him since childhood

Carter never mentions DeSimone until he is interviewed in connections with the Lafayette murders.  Had DeSimone hounded him since childhood, as he claims, it is logical that DeSimone would have been mentioned prominently throughout Carter’s autobiography.

Once again, if DeSimone had hounded Carter since childhood, it is logical that DeSimone would have been mentioned prominently throughout Carter’s approved autobiography, which he wasn't.

DeSinome is not mentioned until Carter is being interviewed on the night of the murders.

DeSimone did not harrass Carter his whole life.

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Timeline of events on the night of the murders -
Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, 1966 - Murders happened about 2:30 am on Friday morning.

Watches James Brown on TV with wife and daughter

Watches James Brown on TV till 10 p.m.

Watches James Brown on TV. Does a few “jigs” with wife. Dresses up to go out.

Probably true.

 

Got phone call from Nathan Sermond telling about fight offer from South America.  Then called Bill Hardney to meet at Nite Spot.

 

Scheduled to have a meeting with Sermond at Club La Petite at midnight and Bill Hardney at Nite Spot.

 
 

Left house “late.”  Picks up Bucks Royster and than John Artis on way to Club La Petite “near midnight.”

Leaves house just after 10 p.m. to meet business advisor at Club LaPetite for next fight in South America.

Sipping Vodka outside Nite Spot at11:00 p.m.

Major contradiction on times and locations. Carter lied about time he arrived at Nite Spot to cover up conversation with Morrison and Rawls in front of Nite Spot at 11 a.m. and the trip to Chandler’s apartment.

 

(This version does not have anything about the conversations with Morrison and Eddie Rawls. This was a major issue at the trial and it is very suspicious that Carter wouldn’t mention it in his autobiography.)

(This version does not have anything about the conversations with Morrison and Eddie Rawls. This was a major issue at the trial and it is very suspicious that Carter wouldn’t mention it in his autobiography.)

About 11:00 p.m. outside Nite Spot, Carter sees Neil Morrison, just out of jail and accuses him of stealing 3 of his guns the previous fall from his training camp.  Carter had been looking for Morrison “for months.” Annabelle Chandler, a friend of Carter’s, told him she saw Morrison with his guns.During the dispute with Morrison, Eddie Rawls, the bartender at the Nite Sport arrives there “from the hospital.” Rawls stepfather, Roy Holloway had just been murdered earlier in the day by Frank Conforti, a white man over a business dispute.   Carter “expressed his condolences” to Rawls and the group “chatted for several minutes.”

Since racial revenge was believed to be the motive for the murders, it is obvious why Carter would not report on this in his autobiography or Lazarus, the approved biography.  The truth is after meeting with Rawls, Carter went looking for his guns that were missing for nearly a year to exact revenge for the murder of Rawls stepfather by a white man.

 

(This version does not have anything about the trip to Chandler’s apartment.  This trip was a major issue at the trial and it is very suspicious that Carter wouldn’t mention it in his autobiography.)

(This version does not have anything about the trip to Chandler’s apartment.  This trip was a major issue at the trial and it is very suspicious that Carter wouldn’t mention it in his autobiography.)

Carter, Morrison and 2 others drive to Chandler’s apartment.  Chandler, sick with cancer, says if she knew Carter was going to tell Morrison, she wouldn’t have told him in the first place. Carter says, “forget about it” and goes back to the Nite Spot.

 

 
 

Meeting with Sermond at Club La Petite. Carter told Sermond to call promoter in South America to work out details.  Sermond said he would call and for Carter to stop back at La Petite later that night for results of phone conversation.

 

(This version does not report a meeting with Sermond at Club La Petite.)

Doubtful. Carter had to account for time for an alibi.

 
Leave Club La Petite and drop Artis off at Nite Spot. Then Carter and Bucks Royster go to a club named Richie’s Hideaway to hear a band.

 

 

(This version does not have anything about the trip to Richie’s Hideaway or dropping Artis off at the Nite Spot)

 
 

Leave Richie’s Hideaway to go back to the Nite Spot, arriving around 2:00 a.m.

Carter enters the Nite Spot at 2:00 a.m.

Carter still at Nite Spot at 2:00 a.m. when last call is announced.

Carter’s autobiography doesn’t have him getting to Nite Spot until 2 a.m. All these trips are obviously a lie to make it appear all three had been hanging out all evening.

 

(This version does not have  Carter running out of money until he comes back to Nite Spot after droping off Mapes and McGuire about 2:30 a.m.)

Carter discovers he is out of money

Carter gets his usual Vodka but has no money and told bartender he would pay later.

 
 

At Nite Spot, 2 women, Cathy McGuire asked Carter if he would drive her and her mother, Mrs. Mapes home - a “few” blocks away.

At Nite Spot, 2 women, Cathy McGuire asked Carter if he would drive her and her mother, Mrs. Mapes home - a “few” blocks away.

Before he leaves, he sees Bill Hardney(First mention of Hardney in this book)

(This version does not have anything about driving McGuire and Mapes home)

During the second trial, Mapes admitted lying at the first trial to cover for Carter. This trip never happened. Carter lied about this trip to cover up for the  time he needed to check out the area around the Lafeyette Bar and Grill prior to murdering the 3 people. (See "Carter alibi witnesses admit lying."

 

Carter drives the two women home at 2:15 a.m. and got back to the Nite Spot in “10 minutes.”

Carter drives the two women home at 2:15 a.m. and got back to the Nite Spot in “10 minutes.” (Authors made sure they matched Carter's autobiography on timing here.)

(This version does not have anything about driving McGuire and Mapes home)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Back at the Nite Spot, Carter discovers he is out of money and decides to go home and get more money. Artis drives Carter’s Dodge Polara with Royster in the passenger seat and Carter “settled down” in the back seat.

Back at the Nite Spot, Carter asks Hardney to go home with him and get more money. Hardney won’t go, so Carter asks Artis to go and then Royster tags along. Artis drives Carter’s Dodge Polara with Royster in the passenger seat and Carter “settled” in the back seat, reclining.

Carter planning to go to an after hours club, so needs to drive home to get money. Carter asks Artis to go along and Bucks Royster asks Carter if he can go along too. Carter gives Artis the car keys and tells him to drive. Royster is in the passenger seat and Carter is “slumped down” in back seat, calling out directions to his house about 3 miles away. (This version does not mention Artis or Royster until the trip to Carters house after 2 a.m.)

Carter was afraid of being recognized leaving the murder scene so he slumped down in the back seat so he couldn’t be seen in his car.  Much like O J Simpson in his famous slow speed chase around LA.

 
 
 
 
 

Carter’s car pulled over by police “4 blocks” from Carter’s home.  Police let them go. “This was at  2:40 a.m., by the cop’s report” - 10 minutes after the murders.

Carter’s car pulled over by police.  Police let them go. This was at  2:40 a.m., - 10 minutes after the murders.

At 2:40 a.m. Carter’s car pulled over “about six blocks” from Carters house by Police.

The murders occured at about 2:30 a.m.

 

Arrived home and then went back to Nite Spot, which was closing.  

Arrived home and then went back to Nite Spot, which was closing. 

Arrived home, got $100 and the trio returned to the Nite Spot, which was closing down.

Carter was a regular at these bars and knew when the they closed down. Carter was supposedly planning to go to an after hours club.

 

Also too late to go back to Club La Petite and see Sermond. Decided to call it a night.

Carter then told Artis to drive to Club LaPetite to look for Hardney, but they discovered that that club had closed.  After sitting in the parking lot a few minutes, Artis and Royster decided to call it a night.  Police car sees Carter’s car there at 2:55 a.m.

Carter then told Artis to drive  to Club LaPetite to look for Hardney, but they discovered that that club had closed.  After sitting in the parking lot a few minutes, Artis and Royster decided to call it a night.

Another contradiction on where they went.  Carter knew that Club LaPetite was closed at 2 a.m.

 

Leave Nite Spot and Carter drops Bucks Royster off at his house.  Carter is driving.

Leave Club LaPetite and Carter drops Bucks Royster off at his house.  Artis is driving.

Artis, still driving, leaves Club La Petite and drops Royster off on Hamilton St “sometime after 3 a.m.”

Who was driving??  Which club were they at??

 

On the way to John Artis house, Carter’s  car is surrounded by police at a traffic light.

On the way to John Artis house, Carter’s  car is surrounded by police at a traffic light.

After dropping Royster off, Carter’s car surrounded by police at a traffic light.

 
 

Carter and Artis ordered to follow police to crime scene in Carter’s car.  “Roughly” searched and then put into a Paddy Wagon.

Carter and Artis ordered to follow police to crime scene in Carter’s car.  Trunk searched and Carter and Artis searched against a wall. Then put into Paddy Wagon.

Carter and Artis ordered to follow police to crime scene in Carter’s car.  Trunk searched and Carter and Artis searched against a wall. Then put into Paddy Wagon.

 
 

Paddy Wagon take Carter and Artis to hospital where William Marins, shot in the head is being treated. Detective asks Marins to look at the two men’s faces and asks “Are these the two men who shot you?” Marins shakes his head ‘No.’

Paddy Wagon take Carter and Artis to hospital where William Marins, shot in the head is asked if Carter and Artis. were the ones who shot him.  Shakes head ‘No’.

Paddy Wagon takes Carter and Artis to hospital where William Marins, shot in the head is being treated.  Sgt Callahan tells Artis and then Carter to stand next to the bed and asks Marins if either one was the one who shot him. Marins shakes his head ‘No.’

Marins had been drinking all evening.

 
 
 
 
 
“Close to 11:00 a.m.,” begins interrogation with Lieutenant DeSimone. “I sat there and told him everything that he wanted to know...”

Begins interrogation with Lieutenant DeSimone.

“Close to 11:00 a.m.,” begins interrogation with Lieutenant DeSimone.

 
 

At 3 in the afternoon, given a lie detector test by Sergeant McGuire of the State Police. Prior to test, Carter tells him “Why don’t you quit running off at the mouth, and just give me the goddamn thing!  You ain’t scaring me with all that funny shit.”

Given a lie detector test by Sergeant McGuire.

At 2:30 in the afternoon, given a lie detector test by Sergeant McGuire of the Elizabeth Police.  Prior to test, Carter tells him “Fuck you, man, and give me the goddamn thing.”

 
 

(Results of lie detector test)

“Carter?” It was McGuire talking.  “Come over here, I want to show you something,” he said, laying out several charts on the battered table.  The other cops crowded around us.

“Well,” he said, “that indicates your answer to my question, ‘Have you ever been inside of the Lafayette Bar and Grill?’  Your answer was, ‘No.’  The line on the chart continued on uninterrupted, so that was the truth.  All the answers for the questions on the lines are the same,” Sergeant McGuire announced to Captain Gourly standing at his side.  “So you can turn him loose, Captain,” he said.  “And Artis, too.  Both of them are clean.  They had nothing to do with the crime.”

(Results of lie detector test)

Carter watches as Sergeant McGuire gives the results.

“Vince, here, look at this” McGuire says as he lays out several charts on the table.  McGuire points out a long straight line. This is where Carter answered ‘no’ to the question of whether he had ever been inside the Lafayette Bar and Grill.  “The uninterrupted line indicates the answer is truthful.  The  answers to all the other questions are truthful too, They had nothing to do with this, Lieutenant. You can let them go.”

(Results of lie detector test)

Pointing to the lines on the chart, McGuire declared, “He didn’t participate in these crimes, but he may know who was involved.”

“Is that so?” DeSimone asked.

“No, but I can find out for you,” Carter said.

The truth is Carter and Artis BOTH flunked the lie dectector test.  This is why Carter refused to allow the results to be published or to take another one.