Amidst this atmosphere, the body of a white woman was found in the park; beaten, raped and left for dead.
This is the backdrop for what would become one of New York and the country's most infamous crimes; what was dubbed at the time as the Central Park jogger. Sarah Burns has written The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crimes.
Tonight her documentary, produced with her father Ken Burn, airs on PBS.
My conversation with Sarah Burns, from last April:
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