DAILYKENN.com -- A black male has been charged in three homicides that occurred 11 years ago in Belleville, Missouri.
Samuel L. Johnson, 50, is accused of fatally stabbing two elderly sisters and their hairdresser in March, 2005.
• Like most black-on-white violent crimes, the murders were ignored by the national mainstream media. The local media refused to address the racial aspect of the crimes.
However, had a white man fatally stabbed two elderly black sisters and their black hairdresser, the crimes would we be heralded for decades as evidence of white racism.
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An original suspect in the stabbing murders of three people at a hair salon here 11 years ago has been charged after police uncovered “new evidence,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said Monday.
A grand jury indicted Samuel L. Johnson, 50, formerly of Pagedale, on three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two sisters and their hairdresser on March 2, 2005. Another man was tried in the case in 2010 and acquitted.
The victims — Michael J. Cooney, 62, who had the salon at 7813 West Main Street, and two of his customers, sisters Dorothy Bone, 82, and Doris Fischer, 79, all of Belleville — collectively were stabbed more than 50 times.
Belleville police considered Johnson the prime suspect early on, but he was never previously charged in the murders. Nine months after the killings, he was convicted of attempted burglary of the salon in 2003. Robert Haida, then state’s attorney and now a judge, said investigators could not link Johnson to forensic evidence.
Three years later, Haida filed murder charges against Darrell Lane, then 17, of St. Louis, based on a bloody fingerprint inside Cooney’s stolen SUV. But a jury acquitted Lane in 2010. Prosecutors said then they didn’t believe Lane acted alone.
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