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John Daniel Carothers (Rutherford County Sheriffs Office)

Tennessee authorities have had John Carothers in custody for months. He was charged with murder for burning a black man alive, but investigators were having trouble coming up with a motive.

According to News Channel 5, deputies intercepted a letter from Carothers to a white supremacist group and found a motive, Carothers was a racist.

The disturbing letter reads,

“My brothers in Jesus Christ our savior and Lord,

My name is John Carothers and I believe the bible is about white people and for white people. I am in the Rutherford County Jail for burning a black man. I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”

53-year-old Carothers was arrested on March 17 for the murder of Robert Miller, a black man who lived with Carothers in a home for veterans. The Murfreesboro Post reports that authorities found Miller with a backpack containing Zippo lighter fluid, believed to be the accelerant that was poured on Miller. An autopsy showed that Mr.  Miller died from burn-related injuries.

Tennessee doesn’t have a specific hate crime law but District Attorney Jennings Jones told News Channel 5, “”The motive does matter.” Jones said he could pursue a hate crime enhancement if Carothers is found guilty at trial which would bring harsher sentencing.

According to the Daily Post Journal, this isn’t the first time Carothers has been charged with murder. In 1999,he was convicted of second-degree murder and was charged with another murder in 2011, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

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8 thoughts on “Man Admits To Burning Black Man Alive In Jailhouse Letter To White Supremacists

  1. tedgravely on said:

    This man’s hobby is murder. He is 53 years old and already killed 3 people. This mofo is like Jeepers Creepers except he is committing a murder every 17 or so years. Heck you can classify him as a serial killer. This is ridiculous. Our system of justice is broken.

    • White privilege again in the criminal justice system.He was only convicted less than 20 years ago and was short sentenced to kill again.If he were black he would have at least gotten life and if 1st degree,death.

  2. African American Woman on said:

    This is infuriating! What is this, 1930! This racist piece of shit (not human) needs to die. There’s no punishment that’s enough to suit this. I HATE this piece of shit. I wish they would set him free in downtown Chicago and let them tear him apart and set him on fire.

    • Most of us African-Americans support capital punishment in theory but oppose it in practice.I agree with you but we need to address disparity in sentencing on account of the race of the perpetrator and/or the victim.

      • African American Woman on said:

        I am only interested in a horrific, slow death for this piece of shit.

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