Would Press of Atlantic City Have Published Her Photo If Races Were Reversed?

Photos like this of Tracy Lynn DuBois, a 37 year old lifelong resident of Bridgeton, NJ are readily available online.  Yet no photo of her appeared in stories of her murder in the Press of Atlantic City or Ganett (USA Today) Daily Journal. 

Both newspapers reported that Bridgeton police arrested Patrick Spann for murdering DuBois on May 21.  Police said Spann confessed to beating and choking DuBois to death during an argument.  Spann said he later returned to the scene to remove her clothing, drag her body to the Cohansey River, and take her prescription drugs.

Both newspapers published this photo of Mr. Spann in their articles about the murder.  Neither published a photo of Ms. DuBois.  On May 28, The Daily Journal published a photo of Ms. DuBois with her obituary.

This photo of Patrick Spann was released by the Cumberland County, NJ jail shortly after his arrest on May 22.  It was published in both the Press of Atlantic City and the Daily Journal.  Neither newspaper published a photo of his victim, Tracy DuBois.

This murder never became national news.  Were any vigils, demonstrations, or other events held to express outrage over this murder?

Did racist hatred of whites by Mr. Spann trigger the anger that caused him to commit this particularly brutal murder?  There have been several brutal attacks by blacks against whites lately, some of which appear to be random.  Have any academics or community leaders shown any interest in studying who or what could be causing hatred of whites by blacks in today’s America? 

Seth Grossman, Executive Director



  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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1 thought on “Would Press of Atlantic City Have Published Her Photo If Races Were Reversed?”

  1. Cassie Griffith

    Seth Grossmen,
    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Cassie Griffith. I was bestfriends with Tracy for 37 years, until the day that rotten son of a bitch took her life. Tracy and Patrick were on and off again boyfriend and girlfriend. He treated her like complete shit. He has beat her up a few times before he actually killed her. He was also jailed 2 times because he beat her up. He was a low life piece of shit, in plain words. This has nothing to do with the race of her nor him. So I personally find your article very misleading. I do understand where you are coming from, because of what’s been going on in this country. In all honesty you are wrong about the whole race thing. I spoke to Tracy the night she was murdered. I still have her text messages in my phone where she asked me to help get police protection because someone was trying to kill her. I called police that night and gave them the tip and told them where they were staying an all.. They didnt take my tip serious, so now my bestfriend is dead. If only the police took my tip serious and went to the location she MIGHT still be alive today. Figured I would message you and tell you this since your artical is very misleading.

    C. Griffith

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