Clinton Once Supported Black Panthers on Trial For Murder-Truth!
Summary of eRumor: According to the eRumor, in
the late 1960's, two Black Panthers were tried for murder in the death of
a fellow Black Panther, Alex Rackley. Rackley was tortured before
being killed. The Panthers who were tried, Warren Kimbro and Erica
Huggins, escaped prosecution thanks, in part, to the defense of Hillary
Clinton. Warren Kimbro went on to Harvard and became Assistant Dean
of Eastern Connecticut State College. Erica Huggins was elected to a
This eRumor has developed a life of its own with differing
interpretations of what is true or not true about it.
It circulated widely during Hillary Rodham Clinton's year 2000 run for
the U.S. Senate.
According to published accounts, Alex Rackley was a Panther recruit from
New York who was tortured and killed in New Haven, Connecticut because he
was suspected of being a police informant. Twelve Panthers were
indicted including Warren Kimbro, Erica Huggins, and Panther leader Bobby Seale.
Contrary to the email, Kimbro was not proven to be the "shooter" and did not
stand trial, but did plead guilty to second degree murder. He was
later released from prison and admitted to Harvard. We have not
found evidence that he was a college dean. Another Panther was
convicted of having fired the fatal shot and was
sentenced to life in prison. Huggins and Seale were tried together,
but the jury deadlocked and their cases were dismissed.
The Bobby Seales trial drew protests, not because the protestors approved
of murder, but they felt that the Panthers were being treated unfairly by
the authorities and that Seales, who was not personally involved in the
killing, should not have been tried. There were demonstrations
at Yale, but they were peaceful, did not "shut down"
the university. Hillary was not
an attorney at that time (which is what some of the versions of this
email seem to suggest), but a student at Yale and, according to Roger
Morris, author of PARTNERS IN POWER, helped organize shifts of
students to monitor the courtroom.
John Elvin of Insight magazine looked into the Hillary-Panthers eRumor
as well as how it was handled by some urban legends sites and wrote
his findings in an article that appeared in July of 2000. He
quotes former sixties radical David Horowitz as saying that both
Hillary Rodham and Bill Lann Lee organized demonstrations at Yale
against the Panther trial. Elvin also says, "Insight reviewed biographies of Hillary Clinton by Milton, Brock and Roger Morris for this story and lengthy selections from such other biographies as Barbara Olson’s Hell to Pay. Together, relying on primary and other firsthand sources, they unquestionably back Horowitz’s contention that Hillary was a campus leader during the Panther protests."
Conservative commentator Joseph Farah says she also assisted Seales'
lawyer, Charles Garry.
That was all a long time ago and most of us would not want to be
characterized by our views and activities in college or graduate
school, but, for whatever it's worth, they do become a part of our
story. Posted 11/14/01
A real example of the story as it has
Back in 1969 a group of Black Panthers decided that a fellow black
panther named Alex Rackley needed to die. Rackley was suspected of
Rackley was first tied to a chair. Once safely immobilized, his
"friends" tortured him for hours by, among other things,
pouring boiling water on him.
When they got tired of torturing Rackley, Black Panther member
Warren Kimbo took Rackley outside and put a bullet in his head.
Rackley's body was later found floating in a river about 25 miles
north of New Haven, Conn.
Perhaps at this point you're curious as to what happened to these
Black Panthers. In 1977, that's only eight years later, only
one of the killers was still in jail. The shooter, Warren Kimbro, managed
to get a
scholarship to Harvard. He later became an assistant dean at Eastern
Connecticut State College.
Isn't that something? As a '60s radical you can pump a bullet into
someone's head, and a few years later, in the same state, you can
become an assistant college dean! Only in America!
Erica Huggins was the lady who served the Panthers by boiling the water
for Mr. Rackley's torture. Some years later Ms. Huggins was elected
to a California School Board.
How in the world do you think these killers got off so easy? Maybe it was
in some part due to the efforts of two people who [incredibly] came to the defense
of the Panthers. These two people actually went so far as to shut down
Yale University with demonstrations in defense of the accused Black Panthers
during their trial.
One of these people was none other than Bill Lan Lee. Mr. Lee, or
Mr. Lan Lee, as the case may be, isn't a college dean. He isn't a
member of a California School Board. He is now head of the U.S.
Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
O.K., so who was the other Panther defender? Is this other notable
Panther defender now a school board member? Is this other Panther
apologist now an assistant college dean? No, Neither! The other
Panther defender was, like Lee, a radical law student at Yale
University at the time.
She is now known as The "smartest woman in the world." She is
none other than the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate
from the state of New York----our lovely First Lady, the incredible
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And now; as Paul Harvey says; you know (the rest of the story).
Pass this on! Especially to New Yorkers