Carter wasn't always a victim

04/23/2014 7:04 PM

04/24/2014 9:08 AM

Re "Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, boxer wrongly imprisoned 19 years, dies at 76" (April 22): Though I am glad he was justly freed after being wrongfully convicted for another's crime, the Rubin Carter of the past was vicious, unpredictable and scary.

It is important to remember that the grave injustice he had suffered does not neutralize the fact he spread terror on the many that crossed his path by choice or otherwise. Alas, he found himself in jail, however innocent of the specific charges. During his confinement, he eventually found inner peace, philosophy and learning, the "Hurricane" had turned into a gentle breeze.

The irony may be that it's what saved him and countless others from a fate much worse than what he suffered. The mysteries that govern our destinies can never be discovered, but sometimes what we think is worst can prove in time to be the best for everyone.

-- Michael E. Whitr, Burbank

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