Eddie Hatcher, Indian Activist Who Held Newspaper Staff Hostage, Dead At 51

The man who received worldwide attention for taking hostages at a North Carolina newspaper, then killed a man after he was released early from prison because he had AIDS, has died in prison.

A Department of Correction spokesman said 51-year-old Eddie Hatcher died Friday morning at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Hatcher was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 1999 drive-by shooting death of Brian McMillian. Prosecutors said Hatcher was angry because McMillian was involved in a break-in at his mobile home.

In 1988, Hatcher and another man took hostages at The Robesonian, saying they were trying to call attention to corruption in the county. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping but released after five years because he developed AIDS.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by William Location: ENC on May 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Looks like Hatcher has been released from the BONDAGE of this earthly existence.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 2, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    Eddie Hatcher should have been sent to one promised destination or the other years ago with a needle in his arm. Yes anonymous, alot of tax dollars were wasted but justice was not served. Justice wasn't served because this terrorist and murderer was allowed to live out his pitiful life.
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on May 1, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    Anonymous, yes, God be with Eddie. But God be with Brian McMillian, God be with Brian's family, God be with the other girl he shot and God be with the hostages that he terrorized. I'll end my comment by offering thanks to God for doing what the State of North Carolina would not do.
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on May 1, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    I'm confused. I work for DOC and I don't understand why contracting AIDS makes someone eligible for early parole?
  • by Anonymous Location: martin county on May 1, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    I guess most idiots on here would say how the tax payers dollars got wasted over the last 21 years or how justice was finally served, etc. But I suppose I will end this comment by saying "God be with Eddie Hatcher"
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