On the night of April 19, 1989, the youths gathered for a night of "wilding," in which they roamed through Central Park, attacking runners and bicyclists at random. Then they spotted the jogger.
Brutally beaten and raped, the jogger lost three-quarters of her blood and was in a coma for 12 days. When she testified at the trial, she had lost all sense of smell and balance. She suffered from double vision, and amnesia prevented her from identifying her attackers.
In confessions made to the police, the five boys fingered each other as being involved in the attack on the jogger. In the summer of 1990, a court convicted Antron McCray, 16, Yusef Salaam, 16, and Raymond Santana, 15, of rape, robbery and assault. In a later trial, a jury convicted Kevin Richardson, 16, and Kharey Wise, 18, and they were sentenced to five years in prison. A sixth teenager in the group, Steve Lopez, 15, pleaded guilty to attacking a different, male jogger.
Remember how any time more than one minority kid acted up in public for, like, a year afterwards, someone was sure to say they were wilding?
Looks like they didn't do it.
Someone else has confessed. In detail. His DNA matches the DNA found on the jogger.
They said at the time that the police behaved badly to get those confessions.
No-one believed them.
I didn't believe them.
I feel frozen right now. It doesn't help, though.