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Man Allegedly Forced Woman to Watch the 9-Hour Miniseries ‘Roots’


An Iowa man is accused of forcing a woman to watch the influential miniseries Roots, and threatening her with death when she tried to move.

To be sure, the show has a rock-solid place in pop culture. This 9-hour program–adapted from the novel by writer and journalist Alex Haley–tapped into the reality that slavery obscured and outright stole the heritage of many black Americans. The big hit featured an all-star cast, and sparked the career of actor LeVar Burton.

Michigan man Robert Lee Noye, 52, is accused of going overboard, however. He made a woman watch the series, then threatened to dismember her after she attempted to move, according to officials in a report from The Gazette. The defendant allegedly said he would put her body parts throughout I-380 on the route to Chicago. His purported motive to making her see the show: He wanted to make her understand her racism. Noye is black.

He is charged with first-degree harassment and false imprisonment.

The allegation left a quite a few people online a little flabbergasted.

Records viewed by Law&Crime show that there was an order to appoint Noye an attorney.

[Mugshot via Linn County Jail]

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