In the winter of 2013, Dylan King-Lemons went to the doctor with stomach pains. His diagnosis? HIV. A few months later, one of his former sexual partners, Michael Johnson, is arrested. But why? Today’s episode explores identity, crime, and our societal obsession with punishment.
Please be aware that today’s episode contains references to anti-Black racism, homophobia, and incarceration.
A full transcript of this episode is available here.
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Key Research Mentioned:
Buzzfeed News: ‘Tiger Mandingo,’ Accused in HIV Case Says He’s Being Held In Solitary, by Steven Thrasher
BuzzFeed: How College Wrestling Star ‘Tiger Mandingo’ Became an HIV Scapegoat, by Steven Thrasher
BuzzFeed News: A Black Body on Trial: The Conviction of HIV-Positive “Tiger Mandingo,” by Steven Thrasher
Buzzfeed News: HIV Conviction Of “Tiger Mandingo” Has Been Thrown Out, by Steven Thrasher
BuzzFeed News: ‘Tiger Mandingo,’ Who Got 30 Years For Not Telling Sex Partners He Had HIV Is Free 25 Years Early, by Steven Thrasher
Police Report – Dylan King-Lemons, Contributed of Steven Thrasher
Probable Cause Statement- Michael L. Johnson, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Police Report Medical Records, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Final Letter to MO Prosecutor April 21 2015, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Erik Lawrenz St Charles Police Department Email on Arrest Timeline, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Missouri HIV Confidential Disclosure Form, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Lindenwood Campus Announcement, Contributed by Steven Thrasher
Court of Appeals Ruling: State of Missouri vs. Michael L. Johnson
The New York Times: He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization, by Emily S. Rueb
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About HIV
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: AIDS and Opportunistic Infections
United States Census Bureau: Quick Facts St. Charles County, Missouri*
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: More potential victims in LIndenwood U. student HIV virus case, by Mark Schlinkmann
The Nation: The Reckless Prosecution of Tiger Mandingo, by Rod McCullom
Former Lindenwood Wrestler convicted of transmitting HIV speaks out, by PJ Randhawa and Erin Richey
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Half of black gay men and quarter of Latino gay men projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime
American Psychological Association: HIV laws that appear to do more harm than good, by Stephanie Pappas
NBC News: LGBTQ History Month: The early days of America’s AIDS crisis, by Tim Fitzsimons
National Library of Medicine: Estimating per-act HIV transmission risk: a systematic review, by Pragna Patel, John T Brooks, Arielle Lasry, Amy Lansky, Jonathan Mermin
*Correction: In the episode we mentioned St. Charles, Missouri has a Black population of less than 2%. This was an error. The most recent U.S. Census data shows that St. Charles County, Missouri has Black or African American population of 5.3%.
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