And we thought we were making progress in race relations in the U.S. This just shows we have a long, long way to go. National Briefing - Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania - Acquittal in Fatal Beating - NYTimes.com
In case you don't remember or never read this famous 1940 novel (and 1943 movie with Henry Fonda), you can check out my review of The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Another literary antecedent is O. Henry's invention, the Cisco Kid (NOT the one who appeared in the TV series), a maniac who murders Mexicans for the fun of it. Here's where you can download the pdf of "The Caballero's Way" by O. Henry, as frightening and beautiful as any by Cormac McCarthy.