My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Robert Forsythe. I cannot even begin to imagine the impact Bobby’s murder and the subsequent trial and media presence had on you and your community. I hope that by shining a light on his story now, more people will come to understand just how horrendous the prison system is and fight for its abolition.
The story of Robert Forsythe is almost certainly not unique, and only public knowledge because of the trial against the corrections officers. I recognize that many others have been killed by thermal foggers, yet we will never know their names.
This booklet is based on a variety of sources past and present, and to the journalists and photographers: thank you for sharing your work with the world.
I have no idea how many people have been involved in digitizing historical newspapers, as their names are never on anything, but y’all are fantastic and I appreciate you so much.
Sandra Simonis provided significant help with writing alt-text for images.
Twitter users NewNameJeanette and WillHickox notified me of the Lawrence High School protest and use of the thermal fogger, for which I am very thankful.
Christophe Dervieux provided an example of how to render figure alt-text in an appendix: https://cderv.rbind.io/2021/06/29/fig-alt-appendix/.