RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--A dedicated American surgeon, beloved by nearly all who knew him, died 50 years ago -- alone, in a cold jail cell far from home.
He was arrested in China on false charges based on planted evidence. He was beaten, ridiculed, jabbed with bamboo sticks by prison guards. Driven to distraction by brutal interrogations, he was despondent to the point of insanity in his final days, according to witnesses jailed with him.
But few believed the official story that the 43-year-old doctor had committed suicide after he was found hanging from a beam in his cell the morning of Feb. 10, 1951. A colleague allowed to view his body saw little evidence of a hanging -- but plenty of marks of physical abuse.