African American kidnapper forced his victim to watch 80s TV show “so she could better understand her racism”
A 52-year-old man was arrested Monday by Cedar Rapids police, Iowa for kidnapping and threatening to dismember a woman if she doesn't watch the 9-hour "Roots" series.
Roots is an American television miniseries based on Alex Haley1976 novelRoots: The Saga of an American Family. The series first aired on ABC in January 1977. Roots received 37 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award.
According to the victim, when she tried to budge while watching a series about slavery, a kidnapper, Robert Lee Noye said he would kill her.
“Remain seated and watch the movie with him or he would kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago,” Noye told her, according to the complaint.
The criminal himself, during interrogation, admitted that he did this, “so she could better understand her racism”.
According to official information, Noye was holding a woman at a residence in the 700 block of Second Avenue SW. Details of how the police found out where the kidnapped victim was held and how long she spent in captivity were not disclosed.
“Noye is charged with first-degree harassment and false imprisonment,” The Gazette reports.