The Press: It Wan't That Way

On the eve of his electrocution last October for rape, 24-year-old Willie Tolbert gave the first & last interview of his life. At the request of an Associated Press client, A. P. Reporter Deling Booth had gone to the Columbia, S.C. death house to get Tolbert's version of the acts for which he was tried.

At the trial, Willie Tolbert had heard a teen-age white girl testify that the unarmed man had forced his way into her automobile, threatened to choke her if her white companion interfered, raped her twice. Tolbert, who had a...

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