The guy you see tortured in this video is Samuel K. Doe – former president of Liberia. The guy sipping a canned Budweiser beer behind the desk is Prince Y. Johnson – leader of a faction of rebels which waged a guerrilla war against Samuel Doe. The rebels captured Samuel Doe in Port of Monrovia where he had visited ECOMOG peacekeeping headquarters. Peacekeeping my ass. Rebels tortured Samuel Doe, cut off his ear and fingers and eventually killed him though Doe helped himself to his own death.
Much of the torture, including the ear cutting was recorded on video by the rebels, making it the first torture of a world leader filmed on camera. The execution for obvious reason wasn’t. So much for being a president of Liberia – a once deemed promised land for African Americans barely any African Americans chose to emigrate to. They must have felt well taken care of in good ole America Fuck Yeah!
As an interesting piece of trivia – the Budweiser sipping chief executioner Prince Yormie Johnson, aka the guy behind Samuel Doe’s death ran for the office of the president of Liberia in 2011. Nothing like having an animal with blood on his hands running the country. Prince Yormie Johnson did not win the presidential election but retained his warm, gold digging spot of the Senior Senator for Nimba County.
It’s ironic that presidency of Samuel K. Doe was started with televised executions of members of former president’s deposed government. Samuel Doe’s predecessor William R. Tolbert was killed during the CIA supported coup and having now had their man in power, the Americans supported Doe until such time that he stopped following orders from Washington. By doing that, Samuel Doe signed his own death sentence.
It’s funny how history often repeats itself – CIA orchestrates and finances an assassination of a world leader to put their puppet on a string in power, but the puppet goes rogue so they orchestrate his assassination as well, to replace him with another puppet who also goes rogue and it just goes on like that. Some countries are so corrupt to the bone, no matter what allegiances you make, backstabbing will occur. Needless to say – Charles Taylor who replaced Samuel Doe as succeeding president of Liberia proved to be even worse than Doe.
Prince Yormie Johnson whose rebels captured and tortured Samuel Doe enjoyed watching his minions cut Samuel’s ear off, but wanted to keep the president alive for more eye candy. He ordered to have Doe locked in a bathroom but not willing to take any more of their torture, Samuel Doe smashed his head against the bathroom window, causing a cerebral hemorrhage that quickly killed him. It was a perfect self assassination and the best way to piss Prince Johnson the fuck off.
The rebels handed the tape with Samuel Doe’s torture and ear cutting to journalists Stephen Smith (of Liberation), Mark Huband and Patrick Robert (of French photo agency Sygma – the latter being the author of the above iconic image of Liberian rebels posing with naked body of dead Samuel Doe). The video quickly became a best selling West African film which is still doing the rounds in the markets of Monrovia.
Samuel K. Doe died the same way he lived – by the sword. He was killed on September 9, 1990. Video of his torture is below: