JOHN KING letter/envelope 1/26/2005 EXECUTED
Letter/envelope set from the executed ringleader of the Jasper, TX dragging death of an African American man.
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This auction is for a letter from the executed Texas murderer Mr. John William King. During the early morning hours of 6/7/1998 King, with accomplices Mr. Shawn Allen Berry and Mr. Lawrence Russel Brewer, invited a local African American man they knew to accompany them, picking him up after seeing him walking home. The four men would drive out to rural Jasper County. After what was initially said to be "a drug deal gone bad," the three men beat, stabbed, and dragged his body for about three miles. Forensic evidence very clearly suggested the victim was dead prior to being dragged. The Jasper County Coroner's Office worked in tandem with law enforcement, stating the victim was alive while he was dragged to add kidnapping to the charges, thus making the crime death penalty qualified. King was convicted for his role in the hate crime and sentenced to death 2/25/1999. Mr. Brewer and Mr. Berry were each tried and convicted in separate trials. Brewer was executed 9/21/2011. Despite gross misconduct by prosecutors King was executed 4/24/2019. He was 44. King offered a final written statement: Capital Punishment: Those without the capital get the punishment.
The Jasper dragging death case was largely celebrated in the press. King has been the focus on literary works, movies, and fictional Hollywood depictions. The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles has an entire display dedicated to detailing the case, which continues to receive media attention to this day.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The missive is one page, dated 1/26/2005, and is signed, "John W. King" The mailing envelope is postmarked 1/27/2005 with seven lines of address filled out in his hand. The letter and envelope come inside a protective magazine sleeve with an acid free board and have been stored flat. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.
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