Facts Behind The Fiction

They say truth is stranger than fiction. In these cases, truth is scarier that fiction.

Just so there's no doubt, any individuals named here should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And, as we'll see, even then guilt may not be certain.

Alaska’s Catch-22

One would think that if the technology exists to help prove a person’s innocence or guilt, it would be used to the fullest extent possible. Then why is it that Alaska has the ability to test DNA samples in the rape conviction of William Osborne, but refuses to do so, despite agreeing that the test

Cleared of his rape conviction … too late

Timothy Cole was convicted for the 1985 rape of a 20-year-old student Michele Mallin and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The victim had picked Cole from a selection of photos presented by police, and then again from a police lineup. This week a Texas district court judge reversed that conviction, based on DNA evidence

Pilfered panties may have led to a serial rapist

A construction worker and former Marine from Reno, Nevada, James Michael Biela, had an alibi for the time 19-year-old Brianna Denison was raped and strangled: he was with his girlfriend. Unfortunately for Biela, his girlfriend denies that he was with her the night Denison disappeared from her friend’s sofa. And Biela’s DNA has been matched

Arizona boy may not be prosecuted after all

Prosecutors want to drop one of the murder charges against the 8-year-old boy from Arizona I told you about last week. According to police, the boy confessed to killing his father, Vincent Romero, and his father’s friend, Tim Romans, with a .22-caliber handgun. This confession came 45 minutes into an interrogation by police with no

Did an 8-year-old murder his father or was he just scared?

An 8-year-old boy has confessed to police that he shot his father and another man at his rural home in Arizona. However, he made the confession after initially denying any involvement in the events. Only after police questioned him — alone, without a guardian or attorney present — did he admit to the killings. A