- White Plains, New York - Westchester County -
- Woman Stabbed to Death Because she was White! -
- The Victim -
- Concetta Russo-Carriero - Age 54 -
- 1951 - 2005 † -
- Level 3 (High - Risk) Sex Offender -
- Phillip Grant - Age 43 -
- Faces Life in Prison -
- At his Felony Hearing, Grant Stated: "As long as she had blond hair and blue eyes, she had to die."! -
- Phillip Grant Stated he is "at War with the White Race!" -
July 6, 2005
White Plains — Concetta Russo-Carriero "had to die" because she was white, the man accused of killing her told White Plains detectives in a 45-minute videotaped statement during which he also claims to have killed others and says he is at war with the white race.
"I never seen her before, and I didn't care," Phillip Grant said on the tape, which was played at his felony hearing in City Court yesterday. "As long as she had blond hair and blue eyes, she had to die."
Grant said he knew he would get caught.
"I want the death penalty," he said. "I want to die. But I wanted to kill somebody white first."
Grant, charged with second-degree murder and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the fatal June 29 stabbing, sat impassively while the tape was played, occasionally whispering to his legal-aid lawyer, Darien J. Zoppo.
In the statement, recorded some five hours after the 1:15 p.m slaying, he said that, beginning at 11 a.m. that day, he walked around the Lexington Avenue-Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard garage, looking for a victim.
"I was thinking that the first person I see this morning that looks white, I'm killing them," he said. Later, the convicted rapist said he did not approach an older white woman walking through the garage "because she had already lived her life."
"I wanted to kill somebody who lived a lily-white lifestyle and was a closet bigot," he said on the tape.
Courtroom visitors could not see the video monitor, but they could clearly hear Grant's statements to Detective Rick Lee, who conducted the interview at police headquarters. Grant spoke calmly and matter-of-factly as he described how he decided to kill Russo-Carriero after he said she thrust a stairwell door toward him as he was walking inside on Level 7.
"I have no remorse whatsoever, because she was white," he said, adding that he believed he was fighting a race war.
Russo-Carriero's funeral was held yesterday, several hours before Grant's hearing.
Asked what he thought would happen now, Grant said on the tape: "It doesn't matter to me no more. Whatever they do, these (gesturing to his handcuffs) better not come off. My only regret is that I don't know anything about biological weapons. Get the death penalty for me, and get on with it.
The state's high court has voided New York's death penalty statute, which was signed into law 10 years ago. No one has been executed as a result of it.
During his rambling statement, Grant claimed that his mother was raped by whites when he was a child and that, although he's had white friends, they all turned out to be racists. He also said that he's spent most of his time in White Plains since he was released from state prison, and that a number of people regularly follow him around, calling him a rapist and hurling racial slurs at him.
Grant, convicted of three rapes in the Bronx in 1980 and of assaulting another inmate in prison, was released in 2003 after serving 23 years. The one-time Mount Vernon resident, deemed a Level 3 sex offender, was living at the Westchester County Airport homeless shelter until April, when he was forced out for refusing to submit to a mental-health exam.
Since then, he's stayed at the county's drop-in overnight shelter at the airport. Those needing a place to stay are picked up in White Plains and Yonkers each night and dropped off in those cities in the morning.
Grant said in his statement that he killed "three or four people" during the 1970s and that, since his release from prison, he had tried to hijack a car in New Rochelle and had cut a woman's throat, killing her, because she wouldn't move out of his way on a sidewalk. He did not provide details of those crimes on the tape, but city police and the county prosecutor's office said they were investigating his statements.
"We are consulting with the appropriate agencies to verify the validity of the claims Mr. Grant has made," said Inspector Daniel Jackson of the White Plains police.
After the hearing, city Judge Eric Press ordered that the case be presented to a grand jury. When Grant asked if he could testify before the grand jury, the judge suggested he take the matter up with his lawyer.
Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro said the grand jury would determine whether to charge Grant with a hate crime, which would increase the minimum sentence for second-degree murder from 15 to 20 years in prison. The maximum sentence would remain 25 years to life.
Pirro called Grant's statement "chilling."
"The videotape speaks for itself," she said. "The victim in this case did not have a chance. (Grant) was determined to commit this crime."
Zoppo, the defense lawyer, avoided reporters after yesterday's hearing and did not return a call seeking comment late in the afternoon. Grant was being held in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla without bail.
- This indictment marks the first time a homicide will be prosecuted as a hate crime in Westchester county, New York, since hate-crimes legislation was adopted in New York State in 2000. -
- First Hate Crime
Murder Trial in Westchester County -
- Phillip Grant - Age 43 -
- Could be free in 20 years -
- Phillip Grant was Thrown out of a Homeless Shelter Because he refused to take a Mental Competency Test! -
- Convicted Rapist
Indicted for Hate Crime
in Stabbing-Murder of Concetta Russo-Carriero! -
- City of White Plains and Westchester County seen as Negligent and Therefore Liable! -
- Slain Woman's Family
Sues City of White Plains, New York, for $15 million -
See Original Articles
The first link is a shocking video stating how Phillip Grant wanted to kill a White person:
On the next website from the Journal News the video has been removed, precisely because it is so shocking. This is the type of censorship that we at this website have informed the public about:
Although this case has generated a lot of articles on the Internet, most of them are in the New York City area, since Westchester County borders on NYC. For one thing, this case has gotten a lot of coverage, because there is a lot of news media in the NYC area, and for another, because of its vicious nature - this was a totally unprovoked, random killing, committed by a deranged Black male, who is a convicted, level-three, sex offender. And if that's not enough, the perpetrator stated that he killed Concetta Russo-Carriero because she was "White and had blue eyes." This notwithstanding, it still took the prosecution a month to reach the decision that Phillip Grant should be charged with a hate crime.
It certainly seems that the requirements for Blacks to be charged with a hate crime are set very high - the Black killer has to come out and state publicly on video-tape that he killed someone explicitly because they were a White person. I'm sure that the criteria for White-on-Black crime would be much lower.
Despite all of the coverage on the Internet, this has not been a national news story and there is not even a photograph of the killer available on the Internet - our photos come from New York City Newspapers - (and, only one tiny, blurry photo of the victim is available). The trial will be coming up in the spring of 2006, but it is still not likely to be a national news story, because the radical news media do not want the public to know that there are Black males out there running around, who are "at war" with the White population. This means that anyone could be the next random victim, and the radicals who own the news media do not want to panic the White population.
The penalty for second-degree murder, by the way, is 15 years to life. The penalty for second-degree murder as a hate crime is 20 years to life. This means that Phillip Grant could be released from prison when he is 63 years old, and, because Mr. Grant is "waging a war against White people," as he has stated, he'll still have plenty of time to kill more White people when he is released. Again, if this were a White-on-Black crime, the killer would be either executed or put in prison for life without the chance for parole.
But then, New York State has rescinded the death penalty, because the New York State Supreme Court has deemed it to be unconstitutional. How many people were concerned about the constitutional rights of Concetta Russo-Carriero when they let this deranged person, Phillip Grant, back out on the streets in July, 2003, when he was paroled from state prison after having served 23 years for three counts of rape? Evidently, not very many. What about the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens - or do we count any more?
Yours Faithfully, Liberty