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In the early hours of June 17, 1966, two black men walked into the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, and shot four white people, killing three of them. Did one of the world's most famous boxers really commit these brutal murders, or was he framed by a corrupt and racist police force? And if he didn't do it, then who did?

The Hurricane Tapes investigates a brutal triple homicide in the USA in the 1960s for which the boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was twice convicted, alongside a local teenager named John Artis. Those convictions were overturned on two occasions, first in 1976 and then again in 1985.

Now, the BBC has new evidence, fresh interviews and undisclosed documents that tell a new story. Two BBC reporters set out to explore the life of the boxer and have discovered a world of bitter accusations and unanswered questions. Key to their investigation is 40 hours of compelling audio recordings of Rubin Carter – unheard until now. There are new documents revealed, and extraordinary access to the key people involved in the case. It all helps to piece together the full story behind this notorious crime.


Steve Crossman

Steve has been a sports broadcast journalist at BBC World Service, on UK domestic news and for sports station Radio 5Live for the last eight years. He presents and produces BBC World Service's Sport Today, reports for World Football, Sportshour and Sportsworld and is a regular on set for BBC World News TV. Whilst working for the BBC, Steve has covered many major sporting events like the Olympics, the soccer World Cup and European Championships and he came to the BBC from UEFA where he was a soccer commentator and producer at Euro 2008 and again in Euro 2012.


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March 2-August 31, 2020, with multiple airings permitted.

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