Posted by: Dominic Umile | 08/16/2012

Published Elsewhere: Murder in Fishtown, Philadelphia

In May of 2003, in a wooded region of Fishtown, Philadelphia that borders the Delaware River, a 15-year-old local girl named Justina Morley baited her then-boyfriend Jason Sweeney away from public view with promises of sex. Instead of an intimate exchange, three other young men sprang from the brush and pounced on Sweeney, swinging a hatchet and a hammer, and throwing big rocks at his face and head. He was beaten to death. I wrote about this murder, the news coverage of it, and a grisly, graphic novelization of it called Fishtown for PopMatters.



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