Category Archives: Crime-Committed-By-Other(s)

Charles Erikson

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Charles wrongly confessed to a murder, implicating his friend Ryan Ferguson. Ryan has been freed after a coerced witness recanted, it’s ridiculous that Charles remains in prison.

The link to serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards :

“November 1, 2001 Kent Heithholt found murdered in Columbia, Missouri. The next day Edwards blogs about the murder at, and references the murder of “CJB” ( Cheryl Jo Bates) 35 years earlier.”

Source: Edward Wyane Edwards Timeline

Rodney Lincoln

A case of extremely doubtful identification by children of the victim. In 2010 the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) paid to have DNA testing conducted on the hair and other hairs found at the scene. That testing proved that the only physical evidence used against Rodney at trial could NOT have come from him.

Oral arguments in the Missouri Appeals Court 18 November, 2014

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November 28, 2015: Melissa DeBoer recants: “Rodney Lincoln did NOT kill my mom. He did not attempt to kill my sister and I. It was Tommy Lynn Sells. When the veil fell from my eyes I was horrified. I have kept an innocent man in prison for 34 years.. I did not know I was wrong but I was.. and realizing it is so painful. When I saw a picture of Tommy Lynn Sells, I had a horrible, horrible feeling. And when I think about that terrible night, I now see how I could have gotten mixed up. This is all I can really say right now.”

Witness to mother’s 1982 murder in St. Louis says imprisoned man didn’t do it 18 March 2016

June 2, 2018 : sentence commuted by governor.

Jamie Snow

In 2001, Jamie Snow was wrongfully convicted for the 1991 murder of a gas station attendant during an apparent armed robbery at the Clark Super 100 Station located at 802 E. Empire St. in Bloomington, Illinois. Jamie was home with his family on the other side of town when the crime occurred. He is currently being represented by the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project. This will be his 15th year residing in Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois.

This violent and senseless crime occurred in Bloomington, Illinois on Easter Sunday 1991. The murderer walked away with approximately $60, as Jamie Snow ate dinner with his children. The tragedy was compounded when, after several years without a clear suspect, Jamie Snow was arrested and improperly charged by police and prosecutors willing to convict him by any means necessary, even after passing a polygraph exam.

The conviction was only possible using testimony of unreliable witnesses, many who had their own legal issues, people easily coerced into accepting deals, some more than willing to give false testimony. Jailhouse informants claimed that Snow “confessed” to them while awaiting trial. Many of which have now recanted their testimonies in sworn affidavits. There has never been any physical evidence tying Jamie Snow to this case. Information has also come forward that at least one jury member knew Jamie Snow and did not inform the court of same.

Jamie has spent the last 14 years in prison fighting to present new evidence demonstrating his innocence. The original trial violated his constitutional rights in several ways, many which stem from a lack of representation by his public defender, who presented little to no defense. Not surprisingly, this attorney has since been disbarred, yet Jamie’s conviction remains. With an over-zealous prosecution and no proper defense, Snow had no more chance at trial than William Little did when faced with an armed gunman.

The Prosecution relied on one “star witness” who provided critical eye-witness identification. Yet this same witness was UNABLE to identify Snow in photo books or during a line-up which occurred soon after the crime. It wasn’t until 1999, 8 years later and AFTER Snow’s arrest, that the “star witness” identified Snow upon seeing his photograph in a local newspaper. Only at the trial, 10 years after the fact, did the “star witness” speak of Snow’s “eyes” being “unforgettable,” yet he had seen Jamie in numerous close up photos and the in person line-up not long after the incident occurred.

Approximately 4 years after conviction police radio tapes disclosed to Snow that “star witness” could NOT have seen what he testified to seeing.

Jamie has always maintained his innocence, and continues to do so.

Jamie Snow is being represented by Tara Thompson of the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project.

Case description copied from

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Notes: McClean County, Illinois


July 30, 2015 : Nationally recognized defense attorney takes on the Jamie Snow case

Nyki Kish

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Nyki Kish was convicted of murder after Ross Hammond was stabbed a street fight. There was no reliable evidence Nyki either stabbed Hammond, that Hammond was stabbed with the knife that Nyki was alleged to have obtained from her friend, or that Nyki ever had possession of that knife.

It’s much more plausible that Hammond was stabbed by another knife, and not the knife which he had in his possession after he was stabbed.

Nyki was wrongly portrayed as a “pan-handler” in the local press, and her conviction was unfair in many ways,

This is a rather incomplete summary of this complex case, see the Website for more details.

Article on the knife

Note: this article is categorised as “Crime committed by others”, given that Hammond was fighting with a knife, it’s entirely possible whoever did stab him ( not Nyki Kish ) was arguably acting in self-defense. Hammond was certainly acting in a very provocative way.

Debra Milke

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Retrial date : 2 February, 2015 – Facebook Page for Retrial

Update : Charges dropped 11 December, 2014.

Prosecution appeal to Arizona Supreme Court denied 17 March, 2015.

Entry at National Registry of Exonerations March 2015.

Darlie Routier

Darlie and her two sons were stabbed at her home on 6/6/1996. Allegedly performed elaborate staging of crime scene, including a bloody sock found 75 yards from her house. Has been waiting on Texas death row for new DNA tests to be performed since 2008. Extensive support from many innocence groups. Discredited “cargo cult science expert” Tom Bevel involved.

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Is this Texas mother a victim or a murderer? Death Row Stories, July 2015

Unidentified Fingerprint

A possible alternate suspect is serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards.

Darlie Routier is still on Death Row in Texas despite overwhelming evidence that her conviction for killing her own child is false, whilst Knox, Sollecito and Kiszko have been vindicated by the highest judicial authorities and telling evidence. The authors show how and why unfounded rumours still persist in the Knox/Sollecito case and advance a new theory that the Routier killings were the work of a notorious serial killer.
Three False Convictions, Many Lessons: The Psychopathology of Unjust Prosecutions Published 14 September 2016, by David C Anderson and Nigel P Scott
Update June 2018 : Darlie Routier Key Points

James Stone

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James Stone is innocent, but has lost nearly 30 years of his life.

Around 5am on August 10, 1985, a young woman was stabbed twice 40 miles West of New Albany, Indiana. She had given James Stone a lift home around 2am. James never left home, as his family knew for certain, however the woman accused James, likely out of fear of her real attacker.

The police believed the story of the woman, concocted false evidence to support the story, and James was wrongly convicted. Trial facts:

o A tape recording of a detective’s perjured testimony was erased, resulting in an incomplete record of the trial.

o The erased perjury was a detective’s claim to have matched James’ tennis shoes to the crime scene. In fact testimony from another detective proved this to be impossible, the shoes were locked in a car boot the whole time.

o An ex-boyfriend of the woman was never questioned by police and his existence was concealed from the jury. The break-up was just a week before the attack.

o The prosecutor was Stan O. Faith, who lied, suppressed evidence and suborned perjury during the first trial of David Camm, freed after 13 years in prison on October 24, 2013.

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Hearing on 14 November 2014 was postponed.
Appeal hearing March 19, 2015 – denied.

Kirstin Blaise Lobato

A superb video on the case. Test the DNA!

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News and articles

Kirstin Lobato is imprisoned for crimes that did not occur Hans Sherrer, Las Vegas Tribune, April 16, 2015.

The Kirstin Lobato Case: An American Miscarriage of Justice ( Copy ) Joseph Bishop, May 24, 2012

Intercept Article Sept 5 2015

November 23, 2015 Nevada Supreme Court reverses denial of appeal

Intercept Article 1 December 2015

December 19, 2017 New Trial Granted

December 29, 2017 Case dismissed with prejudice