In today’s latest “Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files” episode (see more about the series here), you’ll meet two very different people, total strangers whose lives became forever intertwined due to a tragic mistake.
As a college student in North Carolina in 1984, Jennifer Thompson woke up one night to a living hell—a knife-wielding stranger was in her bedroom. While being raped, she did everything she could to remember every aspect of his appearance, already thinking ahead to the day when her testimony could help put him away.
When a man was arrested for the crime, Jennifer easily identified him. Ronald Cotton was tried twice and convicted, then sent to prison. Jennifer went on about her life, eventually marrying and becoming a mom of triplets.
In 1995, DNA testing proved what Ronald had been saying all along–he was 100% innocent. Devastated that she’d robbed a man of 11 years of his life and terrified that Ronald might seek revenge, Jennifer reached out to him. Today, the two are inseparable friends united in their mission to educate the world on the unreliability of eyewitness accounts. The duo, who are the authors of the book “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption,” are bringing their story to “The Security Brief” to help save lives from being needlessly destroyed. Jennifer also launched HealingJusticeProject.org to help those wrongfully convicted and the victims of the original crimes.
Then, go to “Cyber School” with author Jesse Weinberger, who offers advice on how, and how often, to let your children use the Internet.
Plus, watch an audience member take a test about facial recognition to see how good an average person’s memory is when subjected to stress.
Watch this episode Friday at 4 p.m. ET on Periscope.