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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Hanging in Mississippi: Was Otis Byrd Lynched?

 

The late murderer Otis Byrd
 

By “W”

Media Blackout: Black Man Found Hanging in Mississippi Was a Convicted Murderer
By Dave Gibson
March 20, 2015
Universal Free Press

On Thursday, CNN ran nearly wall-to-wall coverage on the story of a black man whose body had been found hanging in a tree in Claiborne County. They only interrupted this coverage in order to bring on ‘experts’ to either insult the newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or to try to tamp down the growing Hillary e-mail scandal.

On March 19, the grossly decomposed body of Otis Byrd, 54, was found hanging from a tree in the woods, behind the home he rented at 1901 Rodney Road in Port Gibson.

Of course, CNN, along with the Obama administration immediately assumed this was a lynching, and the Justice Department has began a hate-crime investigation…

The FBI released the following statement on the case:

The FBI and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are on the scene in Claiborne County conducting a death investigation.

Earlier in the day, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks conducted a ground search for a man who had been missing since early March. Officers located a man hanging in the woods near Roddy Road a half mile from his last known residence.

The man was last seen March 2, and his family filed a missing persons report with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department March 8. Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department officials reported the man missing to MBI March 13.

Investigators are currently processing the scene for evidence to determine the cause and manner of death.

Now, here are a few items which CNN failed to mention in their rush to blame this event on a white racist:

-In 1980 Byrd murdered Lucille Trim, a shopkeeper in Claiborne County. He killed her for the $101 dollars inside the register. He reportedly committed the robbery in order to obtain a $10 restitution fee for another crime, The Vicksburg Post reported.

Byrd was convicted of the murder in 1981, and spent the next 25 years in prison. He was released in November 2006.

-While the mainstream press will undoubtedly attempt to paint the sleepy little town of Port Gibson as a place where blacks are often oppressed by white residents, blacks make up 84.4 percent of the town’s population, while whites only account for 14.6 percent, according to 2010 Census records.

-Byrd’s body was actually identified by representatives of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Of course, it is entirely possible, even likely, that Byrd, depressed over the money he lost at the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg (where he was last seen alive), went home, and thought about all the harm he had caused in his life and decided to end it…But, make no mistake, if and when it turns out to be the case, his suicide will receive barely a mention.

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