How Simmering Racial Tensions Led to Innocent Mom’s Murder: ‘They Were Waiting to Ambush Someone’

In the summer of 1969, Lillie Belle Allen found herself at the wrong place and at the wrong time.

Every year, the 27-year-old divorced mother-of-two would drive her children and her parents from their home in Aiken, S.C., to York, Pa., to visit family and friends before heading to New York.

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