Mark Essex joined the Navy in January 1969 with aspirations of one day becoming a Dentist. Two years later he would gun down 19 people, including 10 police officers in what become one of the bloodiest shootouts in New Orleans history and the deadliest day ever for it’s police department.
Upon joining the Navy Mark Essex experienced his first bout with racism getting into fights with white sailors whom he felt directly harrassed and offended him. Because of these constant battles he received disciplinary action. Shortly afterwards he was befriended by a Rodney Franks, a fellow disenfranchised sailor from New Orleans and a wannabe militant. Franks introduced Essex to Black Panther literature, instantly a change occurred in his personality.
Fed up with the Navy after less than two years, Mark Essex went AWOL at the end of 1970. Hate become his motivation and that hate was for all white people…
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