His intellectual contemporaries knew well that the stage for this transgressing love-and-rape-story was Africa because, according to the wisdom of the time, drills lived in Guinea.
One of the 56 images showed the group of the accused young men beside a newspaper with the headline "Guilty Rape".
The rest of the picture was filled with a monstrous black simian figure baring its teeth and dragging off a helpless white girl.
It popularised its repellent combination of sexist and racist representations.
The climax was the hugely successful classic of Hollywood's horror factory, King Kong.
The artists fully understood the interplay of racist ideology, reactionary reporting and southern injustice.