Transcript for Remembering Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
David, can you see me in this one? Yes. Tonight, a passing to note. A star prize fighter, known as the hurricane, Ruben Carter died at 76. His biggest battle was to clear his name and so many others, too. The winner by a knockout, Ruben "Hurricane" Carter. Reporter: He was fearsome in the ring. Ruben Carter throwing punches so fast, so hard, he was known as the hurricane. This is what it looks like to be on the other end of those punches. He started boxing in the army. His first professional match in 1961. But his entire life had been a battle. Surviving a troubled childhood, boxing changing that. In the ring, he was an instant success. And quickly became a boking headliner. I was riding high. I was America's sweetheart. Reporter: The headlines soon turned dark. Carter and a hitchhiker he picked up were convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in 1967, on the same night he picked that hitchhiker up. In prison, he maintained his innocence. Even after I was convicted and sentenced to triple life in prison, I still believed that a higher court would realize that a dreadful mistake had been made. Reporter: Later, two key witnesses recanted. Their testimony. His case gaining worldwide attention. Bob Dylan recording a song about him in 1976. ♪ Here comes the story of the hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame ♪ Reporter: The murder charges were overturned and formally dismissed in 1988. A federal judge ruling that Carter did not get a fair trial. He went on to fight for others who were wrongry convicted. Denzel Washington playing him in a 1999 film. Get over. It's finished. Reporter: Earning Washington an Oscar nomination. I'm going to die in here. But I couldn't give up my innocence. My greatest joy is that I resisted all of these angers and hatred and bitterness. Ruben Carter was 76. There's still much more
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