Wednesday, July 2, 2008


A Special Mystery Man Series

This week, we are doing something special to commemorate the holiday weekend. Beginning on Thursday, Women in Crime Ink will publish a four-part Independence Day Series running from July 3 through July 6.

We have a special Mystery Man lined up just for the occasion. Freedom means a lot to this man. Our next guest contributor spent more than two decades on Texas Death Row for a crime he did not commit. In a fight for his life, he fought his way to having his conviction overturned and now has been cleared by DNA evidence.

Along the way, he learned the power of forgiveness.

Today, he is a free man and the father of a delightful, polite, and rambunctious 8-year-old boy. He has written a book about his incredible ordeal. This weekend, he will share his experience with you right here at Women in Crime Ink.

Think this Mystery Man is too easy to guess? As Americans, we would prefer to believe a wrongful conviction and death sentence to be a rare, almost non-existent occurrence. Yet, as most of us have learned, scientific advances have resulted in hundreds of post-conviction DNA exonerations.

Too many of them were falsely accused men headed for the death chamber when science and defenders stepped in to ensure that justice was served. The real mystery in our guest contributor's story is how the government was able to incarcerate an innocent man for more than two decades, and bring that man within days of a court-ordered execution.

This American's story is powerful and thought-provoking. He has a rare perspective on the criminal justice system, a viewpoint most of us cannot begin to comprehend. Read the first installment tomorrow, Thursday, July 3rd. This is a special Independence Day Series you won't want to miss.

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