roxbury murders a national epidemic

The Roxbury Murders: A National Epidemic

Boston, 1979. A string of murders of black women in five months, mostly unrelated, some solved, others unresolved to this day. A true crime topic of the past that sounds all too familiar today.

Show Notes:

Murder, racism, sexism, and skewed media coverage resulted in social outrage and demand for political justice. 

Trigger warning: Topic involves graphic details, discussion of rape and violence against women. Listener discretion advised.

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Researched, Written, Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti