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Why do they kill John Coffey in King's The Green Mile?

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John Coffey is seen as a threat.  From the outsider's point of view, Coffey is responsible for the death of two little girls.  A combination of factors are manipulated to paint a picture of Coffey's guilt.  The fact that he was found with the girls' bodies, their blood on his clothes, him weeping at the site are all elements that are used by the prosecution to prove his guilt.  At the same time, Coffey's gargantuan size and his ethnicity are subterranean factors in his...

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