April 23, 2014
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a star prizefighter who spent 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, died at his home in Toronto last Sunday. He was 76.
Initially commissioned to write a magazine article on the boxer, Nelson Algren became so inspired by Carter’s fight against injustice that his research grew into a novel. The Devil’s Stocking chronicles a battle for truth and human dignity, which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions amid the shadowy world of low-purse fighters, cops, con artists, and bar girls.
Carter’s life story also inspired Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane” as well as the 1999 film The Hurricane, in which Denzel Washington portrayed Carter.