Rubin (Hurricane) Carter was a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a trumped-up murder conviction in New Jersey by white cops, judges and juries. Carter became an international cause c?l?bre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed. He died on Sunday morning, April 20, at his home in Toronto. He was 76.
The cause of death was prostate cancer, his friend and onetime co-defendant, John Artis, said. Mr. Carter was being treated in Toronto, where he founded a nonprofit organization, Innocence International, to work to free prisoners it considered wrongly convicted. Mr. Carter was convicted twice on the same charges of fatally shooting two men and a woman in a Paterson, N.J., tavern in 1966. But both jury verdicts were overturned on different grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.
Carter was born on May 6, 1937, in Clifton, N.J., a double Aries (Sun and Uranus, conjunct) and a Mars in Scorpio. His fighting style is referred to as ???ferocious??. Yet he also had Venus in Pisces, certainly gentle a counterpoint to his behavior in the ring. He had a hard, angry exterior to protect his soft, empathetic artistic side. Yet he may have used the cupidity of Pisces to amp up his Aries fire rather than to squelch it, which may have been a disservice to him as regards his enemies AND friends. Pisces, after enough abuse, can become pretty manipulative. Plus his Mercury was in the rock-head sign of Taurus at 1 degree retrograde! This may have helped his mental concentration when he a victim of false imprisonment. His Moon was in Aquarius (his birth time is unknown) if he was born before noon. It must have been difficult for him to commit or get too close to anyone; he stood out from the rest, and his persistence and drive must have made tyrants ???those who hold power in NJ??? both angry and frightened.