Black man burned and beheaded reportedly by white men in Virginia

September 1997
Jet;09/01/97, Vol. 92 Issue 15, p46
Reports the circumstances surrounding the death of G.P. Johnson Jr., a 40-year-old black man, in Elk Creek, Virginia, who was found burned and beheaded. Comments from witness Christy Harden, who reported the crime; Arrest of Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, two local white men and acquaintances of the victim; Comments from his cousin, Patricia Johnson, on why the murder was a hate crime; Comments from his father, Paul Johnson Sr.; Past criminal records of Ceparano and Cressell.


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