Remembering Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Who Was Wrongly Imprisoned for Murder

by
Lauren Burgoon
Even after sitting in a prison cell for 20 years for murders he didn't commit, Carter found "magic" in everyday life.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a champion boxer who sat in prison for two decades on a trumped up triple murder conviction, died Sunday at age 76.

Carter's wrongful conviction for the 1967 triple murder in a New Jersey bar spawned its own protest movement, including Bob Dylan's infamous 1975 song, "Hurricane," which eviscerated everyone involved in the prosecution. 

After two trials and appeals spanning 22 years, and vocal protest for Carter's cause lasting just as long, he was freed on appeal in 1985. The judge said the Carter case was built on an "appeal to racism rather than reason."

Carter was freed in 1985, but had another battle to face: ridding himself of the bitterness of his prison time and finding meaning in his life. Carter had a special message for kids facing tough circumstances themselves: 

 

Carter's professional boxing record included 19 knockouts in 27 wins, 12 losses and a draw. He was a rising boxing star before his arrest, and this 1963 bout with fighting champion Emile Griffith shows why.