Suicide – or rape and murder?
Jess McCabe // 25 July 2008
(Post may be triggering)
Three years ago, a US soldier, also an African-American woman, was found dead – the US Army ruled it was suicide. Now consider this description of how LaVena Johnson was found:
Her body was found in a tent belonging to the private military contractor KBR. She had abrasions all over her body, a broken nose, a black eye, burned hands, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals, and a bullet hole in her head.
Yeah. Sounds like suicide.
Democracy Now has an interview with her parents, who have been pushing hard for an investigation. I didn’t watch the whole video, but from the transcript… well… let’s just say her parents ended up pouring over Army photos of her dead body and realising she’d probably been raped, then doused in lye to destroy the DNA evidence. Click here to find the petition.