On Halloween, 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach drove to Avery Auto Salvage to take pictures of a minivan for Auto Trader Magazine. She disappeared. The shop’s owner, Steven Avery, had been exonerated after serving 18 years for rape, was convicted of Halbach’s murder.
On December 7, 1988, Seymour and Arlene Tankleff were brutally murdered in their home. Their adopted son Martin confessed to the crime, was tried and convicted. It would take him 20 years to prove he was innocent after all.
In the eyes of the prosecutors, justice was done. They succeeded in convincing the court that 16-year-old Patrick Dils had murdered two young boys. But after serving 15 years for the double murder, a French jury in an appeals court decided that Dils was innocent of the charges brought against him. A convicted serial killer is now accused of the killings.
On January 23, 1992, a jury sentenced Brown to 25 years for the murder of Sabina Kulakowski. Despite the evidence against him, Brown maintained his innocence for fifteen long years from his prison cell.
Joseph Green Brown spent 13 years of his life fighting a conviction of rape and murder for which Florida sentenced him to death. On appeal his conviction was overturned based on evidence that prosecutors had allowed a co-defendant to perjure himself. Now Brown faces new charges, this time in North Carolina, for the murder of his wife.
A team of legal experts says that shoddy police work, failure to pursue another suspect and a weak defense combined to send an innocent man to his death.