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In 1998, if someone had told me I would be spending the next eight years of my life involved in injustice, I would have said "You are stark raving mad!". Well, I am here to eat those words.

In 1997, a friend was telling me about twin sisters, Betty Wilson and Peggy Lowe, from Alabama who were arrested and tried for supposedly hiring an alcoholic, drug addict con-man, James Dennison White, to kill Betty's wealthy husband, Dr. Jack Wilson, who was a very well-liked and well-known eye doctor in Huntsville. Both sisters were tried on the same evidence and lying testimony. Betty was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole because she was a rich bitch and slept with a black man in Alabama. Peggy, the saintly one, was acquitted. The convicted con-man, who never really admitted to killing the doctor, has come up for parole several times but is still incarcerated.

After spending six years studying this case including both trial transcripts, putting up an extensive website (http://hankford.com/bettywilson) and spending the remaining two years putting together a book about this case Killer For Hire - The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case, I, as many others, believe that the real killer of the doctor is walking around free. Neither of the twin sisters had a motive to have the good doctor put away but the doctor's ex-wife and son did.

As time permits, I hope to present other similar cases of injustice along with information on books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc., related to mystery crime. In the meantime please visit http://mysterycrimescene.com/.

False Confessions - Seeking Proof

Sunday, March 14, 2010

There is a young man who has been sitting on Texas Death Row since May 1989. He was coerced into signing two false confessions for a brutal stabbing murder and rape of a young girl and murder of a three-year old boy in Houston, Texas. Why two false confessions? The investigating officer, Sgt. Dennis Gafford, forgot to include the detail of the young boy’s murder in the first false confession.

This officer used the typical methods of interrogating a suspect: lying, getting in and shoving photos in the suspect face, having a temper tantrum and in this case slapping the suspect in the face and punching him in the chest. This young man feared for his life.

I found one other case involving this officer and another officer, Sgt. Kennedy. This suspect was sentenced to 52 years for his alleged participation in the 1989 brutal stabbing death and rape of an elderly woman from Denver Harbor, a suburb of east Houston. This suspect signed a false confession after being slapped by Kennedy and punched in the ribs by Gafford. Guess he feared for his life also.

I am seeking information on other cases that might have involved these officers or other officers in the Houston area who might have used brute force to obtain a false confession.

Do you know any one who fits this description?
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The False Confessions of Joe Giarratano

Sunday, March 7, 2010

In early February 1979, Joe Giarratano, in a drugged haze, stumbled off a bus in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the police report, Joe walked up to a police officer and said he thought he had killed two people in Norfolk and wanted to turn himself in.

In the next two days Joe was heavily medicated with a potent tranquilizer to help stave off the withdrawal of narcotics and alcohol. During this time he gave five police-written confessions to the stabbing death of Barbara Kline and the sexual assault and strangulation of her fifteen year old daughter Michelle, whose bodies were discovered in their apartment in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 5, 1979. These police-written confessions contradicted one another and contradicted the physical evidence in the case.

Leading experts in the field of false confessions have concluded that none of Joe’s police-written confessions showed any actual knowledge of the crime scene that would have been known only to the true killer. Instead they showed the kind of ignorance of the crime facts that would be expected from an innocent, false confessor. Investigation has clearly shown that not a single piece of independent evidence links Joe to the crime. There is not a single piece of evidence to support Joe’s false confessions. Not a single shred of the known physical evidence, the bloody foot prints, the finger prints, the sperm, the hairs, link Joe to the murder of his friends and was denied to Joe’s defense.

Joe was fed large doses of a powerful psychotropic drug, shuffled into court for a four-hour non-jury trial, where no defense was attempted or presented, and swiftly sentenced to death.

All of the information and evidence uncovered after Joe’s brief trial clearly indicates that in all likelihood an innocent man was wrongfully convicted of a capital crime.

In 1991, it was determined that Joe was innocent enough not to be put to death in Virginia’s electric chair; and it was determined that the case against him was seriously flawed enough to warrant a new trial BUT......
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