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Netflix's The Innocent Man docu-series is the streaming service's latest exposé of a small town's criminal justice system gone wrong, featuring four men convicted of crimes based on very shaky — and in some cases, even imagined — evidence.
Based on John Grisham's true-story novel, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, the series offers an especially bleak picture of the hopelessness of the appellate process for such cases. In the pursuit of justice for the brutal rape and murder of Debra Sue Carter in 1982 and the kidnapping and presumed murder of Denice Haraway in 1984, authorities in Ada, Oklahoma relied on "dream evidence" to justify locking up several men, two of whom were later exonerated in 1999 thanks to the involvement of The Innocence Project.
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If you're wondering what's become of the central figures in the series since the show's finale, well, there's not very much good news to share about any of them.
Ron Keith Williamson
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Williamson who got a last minute stay of the death penalty for Carter's murder, was ultimately cleared of the crime by DNA evidence. Tragically, he died of cirrhosis five years after his release from custody in 2004. Although he suffered from a lifetime of undiagnosed mental illness and substance abuse, the bright spot of his post-release story is that he became friends with Carter's mother before his passing.
The single father who'd been accused of being involved in Carter's death, spent over a decade...
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