Innocence Cases

 
October 5 2009, 0 Comments
Sept. 30, 2009 Updated June 25, 2010 Caryl Chessman Convicted in 1948 as “The Red Light Bandit,” Caryl Chessman would become an internationally known “Death Row” author and make the cover of...
 
September 12 2009, 0 Comments
December 6, 2002 Updated: June 7, 2013 Nancy Smith, center, with her four teenage children.  The ritual abuse hysteria that swept across the United States in the 1980s and early 1990s...
 
October 9 2009, 1 Comment
July 22, 2007 Updated November 12, 2013 Ryan Ferguson  In a case rife with DNA and other physical evidence, not one shred of evidence linked 17-year-old Ryan Ferguson to the murder of...
 
January 30 2012, 1 Comment
Special to Crime Magazine An excerpt from the recently released book Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper by J. Patrick O’Connor, editor of Crime Magazine. ...
 
September 16 2013, 0 Comments
Convicted Serial Killer Gerald Parker Eyewitness misidentification plays a part in more than 70 percent of wrongful convictions. Even after the actual rapist confessed, even after DNA evidence...
 
December 28 2011, 0 Comments
Mondo we Langa and Ed Poindexter Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa, the leaders of the Omaha chapter of the Black Panther Party in the early 1970s, were framed for the murder of Omaha Police...

No More Laughs for the Fat Man: The Case of Fatty Arbuckle

March 24 2014, 0 Comments
  When Fatty Arbuckle was charged with manslaughter in the death of Virginia Rappe in 1921 he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. The tabloid press went after him with a vengeance. ...

Italian Vendetta: The Amanda Knox Case

January 20 2014, 0 Comments
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 The murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy on November 1, 2007 caused a global controversy. Not so much for the crime itself, although it was certainly...

Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate

October 21 2013, 0 Comments
Oct. 21, 2013An excerpt from Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate by Jeff McArthur (Bandwagon Books).  An account of how her trial lawyer – who believed in her innocence – continued...