Post by Roger Ford Post by Bob Roman Post by Roger Ford Post by Bob Roman
"So now, on top of the cirrhosis of the liver, Billie went into heroin
It sounds pretty damned close to murder to me.
These were law enforcement officers, and there were no body cams back
then. If they wanted to kill her they could have done it much more
easily and efficiently with a bullet or a hot shot--and most certainly
gotten away with it--long before it got to this point. Sorry, Bob, I
don't buy this part of it.
You are focusing on the question of whether they wanted her dead
rather than whether they cared whether she lived. The law and legal
ethics include the concept of "depraved indifference."
Or, more specifically, did they consider the information they were
trying to coax from her more valuable than her life?
Compare it to a modern "enhanced interrogation" detention center,
where sometimes people happen to die during questioning.
Another thing that doesn't smell right to me is the involvement of the
Dufty family. As you probably know, William Dufty ghostwrote "Lady
Sings The Blues" (the autobiography, not the Motown movie), and as you
probably also know, it's a pack of lies starting with the very first
paragraph. Later he wrote a book called "Sugar Blues" (IIRC) in which
he simplistically and sensationally blamed sugar for all the ills of
I'm no lawyer, but AFAIK a verdict of murder must include *intentional*
killing. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying these people were
justified in brutally mistreating her. As I said, my problem is with
calling it murder and suggesting that it was a conspiracy to do her in
for performing a Communist song. I'm skeptical.
Fascinating... similar theories went around about Phil Ochs.