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American Justice: A Soldier's Secret DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2002

Bill Kurtis hosts this investigation of a troubling military murder.

  • A detailed study of the murder of Private Barry Winchell.
  • The story the army does not want you to see.
  • Sociologists and military experts debate the effect of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.


For the last three months of his life, Private Barry Winchell endured daily ridicule at the hands of his fellow soldiers. Winchell had fallen in love with another man, a Gulf War veteran who worked in a local nightclub as a drag queen. But under President Clinton's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, military personnel were encouraged to remain closeted...no matter what. Barry Winchell paid for that institutionalized double-standard with his life.

A SOLDIER'S SECRET reveals how, in the early morning hours of July 5, 1999, Winchell was bludgeoned to death by a fellow soldier who claimed he had been goaded into the murder by Winchell's roommate. Publicly, the Army called Winchell's death the result of "an altercation between soldiers." But as word got out about Winchell's lifestyle, gay-rights organizations argued that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" allowed a volatile culture of gay-bashing to grow within the military's ranks.

Join Bill Kurtis for an unflinching examination of this troubling crime.

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