The Case Against Otho Bell

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One such story involves non-repatriate Edward Dickenson, who was a cook while in captivity. He was accused of stealing food from other prisoners by taking a little from each one and then using the excess to trade for tobacco or candy. Another non-repatriate, LaRance Sullivan, was accused of doing the same thing. Both of these men were also accused of murdering or at the very least, causing the death of fellow prisoners. These accusations along with the charge that they stole food are impossible to prove though. Nonetheless, it is entirely possible that these stories were made up in order to make the non-repatriates look like cowards after they made the choice to go to China. The case made against Harold Webb for selling food is based on more solid evidence however. The case against Otho Bell is also damning as he stole and then sold food to from sick inmates. Still, the twenty-three who initially chose to go to China appear to have similar camp records as many who came home after the war.

Once the Chinese began their propaganda efforts, many POW’s began to mentally break under the pressure. Eventually POW’s started to write letters, sign petitions, and engage in other activities in order to curry favor with the camp guards. Over 400 prisoners, including three eventual non-repatriates, signed a petition condemning NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for killing innocent Koreans. Another petition was signed by over 200 prisoners and “called for an immediate end to…

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