When a woman points to a man and says she is 100 percent certain that he broke into her college apartment, put a knife to her throat, and raped her, the justice system works to put the monster behind bars. But Jennifer Thompson, who said just that, was mistaken, and her misidentification sent an innocent man to jail for 11 years. Even though Jennifer said she memorized her rapists face and voice, Ronald Cotton was finally released after DNA exonerated him.
Theirs is a story of mistake but also forgiveness. Jennifer felt guilty and also fearful that Ronald would try to punish her for taking 11 years of his life. But he had forgiven her long ago, accepting that she had made an honest mistake.
Now the pair has written a book, and they work together to spread the word that eyewitnesses can make mistakes and advocate for a more accurate police lineup process.
To see a moving trailer for the book, read more.