Malcolm Harsch was a 38 year old black man found hanging from a tree in Victorville, California near Victorville City Library on May 31, 2020 around 7 A.M. His death is getting little to no news coverage by local news, the article on his death was published 2 weeks later on June 13th, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said foul play is not suspected in his death.
During such a heightened time with the Black Lives Matter movement, there is reason to believe that Malcolm’s death was a lynching. His family has said in a released statement “his cause of death has not been released to the family yet but we are concerned that his death will be labeled as a suicide, as this is what was communicated to us upon confirmation of his death on the morning of June 1st.
Amidst the current racial tension and following the protesting the night prior to his body being discovered we were truly troubled to learn of his passing particularly of how his body was discovered. He is an African-American man whose body was found hanging from a tree!
The deputy who called to confirm his death asked questions about drug or alcohol use, he made a statement about how the coronavirus has “hit people really hard” and said that a USB cord was used to hang himself”.
Furthermore, despite the investigation being active, the Sheriff’s department stating that there is no suspected foul play, doesn’t seem plausible as the family has stated, “As most of us are in Ohio, we weren’t able to physically go to the location where he was found dead but did speak to a few people who were around at the time of the discovery.
Two black men were found hanged to death in public places in Victorville CA and then Palmdale CA, 50 miles apart, ten days apart, and local authorities are saying both deaths were suicides.
Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree by Palmdale City Hall.
Malcolm Marsch was found hanging from a tree by Victorville City Library.
They are going to need some exceptional evidence to back those claims up.