A white supremacist charged with murdering a black man allegedly traveled hundreds of miles to New York City for the express purpose of carrying out his crime.

Baltimore native James Harris Jackson reportedly took a Bolt Bus from his hometown to New York City on March 17. Three days later, a man who police identified as Jackson was caught on surveillance cameras in Midtown Manhattan stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, who is black, in the chest and back multiple times. Caughman died several hours later.

According to the NYPD, Jackson had been harboring his racist sentiment “for quite some time,” while the New York Daily News reported that the 28-year-old military veteran had been a member of a “documented hate group.” The Daily News did not name the organization to which Jackson belonged.

Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post reported that Jackson turned himself into authorities after having been tempted to commit an additional act of violence upon seeing an interracial couple. “You need to arrest me,” Jackson reportedly told police. “I have the knife in my pocket.”

Jackson also allegedly told officers, “I’m the person you’re looking for,” and was holding a wanted poster with his image while turning himself in.

 

An early report on of Caughman’s murder in the Post described then then-unidentified assailant as a “dapper-but-deadly young man,” while going out of its way to mention Caughman’s previous criminal history. The Daily News also took column inches to describe both Caughman’s record, and Jackson’s choice of clothing. On Twitter, many condemned the papers’ contrasting depictions of the killer and his victim.

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