The soldiers drank whiskey and played cards at a traffic checkpoint they maintained near Yousifiyah, Iraq, about 20 miles southwest of Baghdad, when Army Pfc. Steven Dale Green and three comrades hatched the idea of raping a local girl and killing her family.It was March 12, 2006, when Green and his pals headed for the home of a nearby family. There, they encountered the parents and their two daughters—one 14, the other 6.Two soldiers, Sgt. Paul Cortez and Spc. James Barker, took turns raping the 14-year-old while the other held her down. Meanwhile, Green shot and killed the other three family members in another room as Pfc. Jesse Spielman served as a lookout.After Green took a turn raping the girl, he shot her dead. The soldiers then burned the girl’s body beyond recognition, as well as some of the clothing they wore to the home.Investigators initially blamed the murders on Iraqi insurgents, though Green within days twice admitted his role to a sergeant, who instead of having him arrested warned him to “either get out of the Army, or I’m going to help you do it.”Green did exactly that. With his military commitment fulfilled, he was honorably discharged on May… Read full this story
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