In 1976 Gene Miller of the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer prize for his investigative reporting. He spent 8 years writing about Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee, who had been sentenced to the electric chair for the death of two white gas station attendants in Port St. Joe Florida. The police had beaten confessions out of Pitts and Lee, and even Gene Miller was threatened with a grand jury investigation. The 1960s was boiling with tension, but Miller’s persistence reached then-Florida Governor Reubin Askew who granted both Pitts and Lee a full pardon. Details on this case and evidence of a 3rd man confession are found in Gene Miller’s book “Invitation to a Lynching”.
September 30, 2012