How To Break Open A Secret

After 30 years, indictments come down in a race murder

For 30 years, no one said anything. "Everyone knew who was involved," says Charles Robertson, two-time mayor of the hard-knock river town of York, Pa. "But everyone just thought it was even. One black had been killed and one white--even." He was reflecting on the week of July 1969 that turned neighbor against neighbor, blacks against whites. By the time it ended, part of York lay in smoldering ruins and National Guard tanks patrolled the streets. "But everyone thought it was even." And for nearly the rest of the century the carnage remained an open, unpursued secret: no accounting, no justice....

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