The Unfinished Story of Timothy Coggins Finds Justice on ”Invisible Hate”

On this week’s episode, Khan and Butt examine the case of Timothy Coggins, a Black man from Griffin, Georgia, who was found murdered in 1983 under a giant oak tree locally known as the hanging tree.

The Unfinished Story of Timothy Coggins Finds Justice on ”Invisible Hate”

All across America, thousands of hate crimes are committed every year, but only a small number of them get reported. An even smaller fraction are ever prosecuted. The podcast “Invisible Hate” is here to figure out why.

“Invisible Hate” is a true crime podcast about underreported hate crimes. Cohosted by Saadia Khan (“Immigrantly”) and Asad Butt ("American Muslim Project"), the podcast sheds light on the worst true crimes that are motivated by things like race, religion or sexual orientation and are usually perpetrated against minorities.

Each week, the two hosts share the details of a crime committed in North America along with a debate about how to classify it, as well as little-known facts about hate crimes, a discussion about why these crimes are underreported (and why it matters) and personal anecdotes.

On this week’s episode, Khan and Butt examine the case of Timothy Coggins, a Black man from Griffin, Georgia, who was found murdered in 1983 under a giant oak tree locally known as the hanging tree.

Witnesses recount two white men seeking Coggins at the People's Choice Club; later, his lifeless body was discovered in a secluded clearing. The crime scene, with its grotesque details and racial undertones, immediately draws parallels to other infamous cases such as the murder of James Byrd Jr.

As the hosts discuss the nuances of the case, they reflect on the similarities with other hate crimes they've covered. Notably, the shockingly bold activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Griffin during the 1980s — including their participation in the town Christmas parade — reveal a level of public support and emboldenment that is difficult to comprehend.

Coggins’ case remained unsolved for over three decades until 2016 when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reopened the case. The hosts delve into the history of the crime, keeping the memory of Coggins alive while seeking justice for a crime that haunted a community for 35 years.

“Invisible Hate” is a collaboration between Rifelion Media and Immigrantly.

New episodes of “Invisible Hate” release every Thursday. Listen to the latest episode, titled “The Murder of Timothy Coggins,” below or catch up wherever you listen to podcasts.

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