Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Goetz Says Smile, Shine in Eyes of Victim Spurred '84 Shooting

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Goetz Says Smile, Shine in Eyes of Victim Spurred '84 Shooting

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Testifying for the first time about how he shot four young men on a subway train in 1984, Bernhard Goetz said Friday "that smile" and "that shine" in one of his victim's eyes made him snap.

He also acknowledged that he had thought about using his keys to gouge out the wounded youth's eyes.

And he said the shooting "could be looked on" as a public service. "I was trying to get as many of them as I could," Goetz testified in the trial of a $50 million lawsuit filed against him by Darrell Cabey, now 30. Cabey is said to have the brain capacity of an 8-year-old because of the shooting. The three other wounded youths later wound up in prison - James Ramseur for rape, and Troy Canty and Barry Allen for robbery. Goetz's critics say he is a racist who shot the young men because they are black. Goetz denies race was a motive, saying Cabey and the others were "bullies" bent on assaulting him, or worse. …

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