Law: True Confession of The Central Park Rapist

The crime was terrible. The punishment may have been too. A reversal in the infamous jogger case

How many crimes give birth to a new term for savagery? That was the legacy of the Central Park jogger case, which in 1989 introduced New York City and the world to the word wilding. It came to stand for a racial nightmare: a young, white female stockbroker goes jogging in the park and is raped, beaten and left near dead by a giddy horde of teenagers. Within days, five black and Hispanic teenagers, ages 14 to 16, were arrested and charged with the crime. The teens--Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise--had been part of a...

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