In the last two years, stories of possible wrongful convictions have taken the true-crime genre by storm. To the Serial podcast and Netflix's Making a Murderer, we can now add MTV's Unlocking the Truth.
"It could happen to anyone" says Ryan Ferguson in the opening scenes of the show, as he explains his own story. When Ferguson was 19, he was convicted of murdering a newspaper editor in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, and sentenced to 40 years in prison. After his case got picked up by Chicago-based attorney Kathleen Zellner—who has successfully litigated exonerations for 17 men and now represents Steven Avery of Making a Murderer—attorneys found that evidence against Ferguson was obtained through coerced false confessions by local police and prosecutors. Ferguson spent ten years in prison before being exonerated in 2013.
Last year, a documentary film about Ferguson's case caught the attention of MTV producers.
A couple of things we can count on during any presidential election are partisan orators assuring us that "this is the most important election of our lifetimes" and media critics complaining that nobody's paying enough attention to the issues. I've been one of those critics myself a time or two, though a half-hearted one, as I don't honestly believe anyone ever lost the White House because voters didn't hear enough about his trade policy.This year's different. The issues everyone's talking and writing about this time run along the lines of:
Corey Cogdell, wife of Bears lineman Mitch Unrein, wins bronze in RioReaders sneered:
@chicagotribune sexism strikes again— barbara davidson (@photospice) August 8, 2016
@chicagotribune Insulting headline! She's a star in her own right. Don't degrade her accomplishments by placing her in her husband's shadow— Tyler (@TCoop6231) August 7, 2016
@chicagotribune Nice one, dickheads.— Ferdinand Kingsley (@ferdosnandos) August 7, 2016