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Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992)

Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV) Edmund Perry appears to have things all going his way when he graduates from Phillips Exeter Academy with a scholarship to Stanford U. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Edmund Perry (as Curtis L. McClarin)
Anna Maria Horsford ... Veronica Perry
Carla Gugino ... Allison Connors
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Sean
Taurean Blacque ... Jonah Perry Sr.
Guy Killum ... Jonah Perry
Dakin Matthews ... Howards
Jason Christopher Jason Christopher ... Barry
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Tyree
Hari Rhodes
Georg Stanford Brown ... Darwin Tolliver
Jay Underwood ... Kyle Lawrence
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... C. Yernon Mason
Peter Iacangelo ... Police Sergeant Grady
Kelly Jo Minter ... Sharonda
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Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV) Edmund Perry appears to have things all going his way when he graduates from Phillips Exeter Academy with a scholarship to Stanford U. when an unfortunate meeting with a police officer ends his life. The focus is on the four years and the events at the Academy which ultimately led to the tragedy. Written by Les MacDonald at allstarzz69@hotmail.com

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He climbed from New York's worst ghetto to the nation's top schools. He was living the American dream. So what went wrong?

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English

Release Date:

6 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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Best Intentions See more »

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1.33 : 1
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No motive?
14 January 2014 | by NavyOrionSee all my reviews

You want a motive? The jury had no trouble finding one: Edmund Perry and his brother Jonah had attempted to mug a policeman, who reacted, quite reasonably, by shooting him. It was simply their bad luck that their intended victim turned out to be an armed plain-clothes policeman rather than what they assumed was just another unarmed white guy.

Nor was this just the "official story," as implied in early accounts by the New York Post and Village Voice, both of which played up the fact that Perry had just graduated from a prestigious prep school, and suggested that latent racism on the part of the detective was the actual cause of the tragedy.

Jonah himself confessed to two neighbors that they had been trying to rob someone when Edmund was shot. In fact, 23 witnesses all confirmed the officer's version of the events. He was cleared of the shooting, and the media quickly dropped the subject.

Not so, apparently, the racial grievance industry, for whom propaganda like this execrable film is a major product. Never mind the facts; just make sure the minority is shown as the victim.

Edmund Perry had already been accepted to attend Stanford on a full scholarship. It is unfortunate the consequences of choices HE made prevented what might have been a successful and fulfilling life. But sometimes, justice really IS blind.


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