John William King
publication date: Thursday, August 19, 2010 (part of Round XLV)
clue: racist murderers in Michigan resort to stabbing and fleeing, but in Texas they have a more down-to-earth approach (who's the king?)
explanation: White supremacist King murdered James Byrd Jr. in Texas in 1998 by dragging him behind a truck with two accomplices. The clue refers to a string of Michigan murders in 2010 by Elias Abuelazam. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Tony Peters, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle
trivia: Scott created this goo in 2001 while Byrd's grisly murder was still in the public consciousness, but gradually became less inclined to use it as time passed and the murder was forgotten. The unrelated 2010 case provided a link.