Jasper Texas is a 2003 made-for-television movie that premiered on the
Showtime cable network. The film stars Jon Voight, Louis Gossett, Jr.
and Joe Morton and was directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd. It tells the
true-life story of African-American James Byrd, Jr.'s murder. Byrd was
chained to a pick-up truck by three white supremacists. The men killed
Byrd by dragging him for over three miles on a deserted backwoods road.
The movie focuses on the aftermath of the murder, when intense media
coverage of the killing brought the small town of Jasper into the