Blinded Sight: Murder, Mayhem, Riot and Revolution-Ann Arbor in the 1960′s

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In the late 1960’s, Ann Arbor, Michigan was at the center of a series of brutal serial murders. Over the course of two years, seven young women would lose their lives.

At the same time, the city was experiencing a cultural overhaul that would turn the staid and conservative seat of Washtenaw County into a hotbed of radical ideas and practices that was creating a Mecca for the young citizens of the 1960’s counter-culture, fueled by the drugs, a political awakening and a sexual revolution that would define the 1960’s.

Among the key players in this local radicalization were John Sinclair and the White Panther Party, which the FBI called “potentially the largest and most dangerous of revolutionary organizations in the United States.” Sinclair would be infamously sentenced to 9½-10 years in a maximum security prison for possession of two joints, (marijuana cigarettes) and the White Panther Party’s Minister of Defense would become the first of the 60’s hippy radicals to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

Against this backdrop, the police thought that the murderer could be one of these drugged out weirdo’s, but when he was finally caught…


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