The same Army
photo of Rubin Carter appears in two books published 26 years
apart, but each photo shows him "wearing" different
military medals and insignia a clear indication that the
photos have been faked. [Click
here to see an enlarged version of this graphic]
Carter was thrown out of the Army in 1956 after four courts
martial. He was considered "unfit for military service"
and served only 21 months. [See
prosecutor's brief ]
The photo at left appears in Carter's autobiography, published
in 1974. The medals and insignia over his shirt pockets and on
his cap do not appear in the photo published in James Hirsch's
pro-Carter book, "Hurricane." Yet, the images of Carter
are clearly the same, and both have the same half-erased handwriting
on them. In Hirsch's book the caption says the photo is "Courtesy
of Rubin Carter."
What's more, the insignia on
his sleeve is different in the two photos. Both seem to be Airborne
"Screaming Eagles" patches, but the patch at right
is much darker, is considerably farther to the right and is missing
the word "Airborne." [See
closeup comparison of the two patches] (A current "Screaming
Eagles" patch appears at right.)
The medals in Carter's autobiography appear to have been penciled
onto the photograph by a retouching artist. For a closeup look
at those medals, click here.
For more false glorification of Carter, check
out the uniform Denzel Washington wore in "Hurricane."