Clarence Brandley

The town that loved lynching

The Scotsman and The New Zealand Dominion, April 10 1989

The old sheriff of Montgomery County, Ben Hicks, had an answer for everything.

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The deadly secrets of a small town in Texas

The Guardian, February 2 1991

Conroe looked like a nice little town. I had cruised up the freeway from Houston for half an hour, through the forest that blankets this part of east Texas, turned off by the Holiday Inn and a couple of minutes later, I was in the courthouse square with its clean streets and its neat shops and the Stars and Stripes up high on the courthouse roof like a feather in Conroe's cap.

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Laughing at racism

The Scotsman, February 9 1991

It was the day after the crime. Everyone in Conroe was talking about the report in the Courier: "Girl found slain at Conroe High. Police say teenager strangled." Politicians and church ministers were pleading for calm. The captain of detectives was on television, disclosing that the girl had been raped by her killer. Her body had been taken to the morgue down in Houston.

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A black man in a white town

The Mail on Sunday magazine, February 10 1991

Clarence Brandley always knew the truth. Long before his own trouble started - before the white girl was killed, before he was blamed, before he was condemned to death - he knew how dangerous it was to be a black man in a town like Conroe.

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