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This Is The Story Of "The Hurricane"

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a middleweight prizefighter who became a civil rights icon, died at the age of 76. The fighter spent nearly 20 years behind bars, falsely convicted of a murder he did not commit. The controversy inspired Bob Dylan to write "Hurricane," a song detailing the events of the crime and false arrest. For two years, the singer/songwriter opened every concert he played with the song, to raise awareness of Carter's case. In 1966, three Caucasians were killed during a robbery, as Ruben Carter won a chance to become the middleweight champion of the world. Before that fight could take place, Carter was taken into custody for the murders and convicted. Eight years later, two key witnesses in the case recanted their testimony. The New York Times ran a series of articles on the case, and Bob Dylan learned of the athlete's plight. The prizefighter was re-tried, and re-convicted, in 1976.

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