Tonite 3/22/07 @ 7p Hempstead: Innocents Speaking Tour

Innocents NY Speaking Tour 3/18 -3/25/07 


“The story of Greg Wilhoit’s astounding journey to Death Row and his release from it is far better than fiction. It is unbelievable, infuriating, depressing, but also inspirational.”John Grisham

Greg Wilhoit, a central character in John Grisham’s New York Times Bestselling non-fiction book The Innocent Man, was convicted for a murder he did not commit and sentenced to death. His painful experience, which included befriending another wrongfully convicted man on Death Row, resulted in his desire to communicate to others the terrible human consequences of a death penalty system.

“In 1998, when the District Attorney asked me how I felt about him seeking the death penalty for my sister’s and seven other women’s killer, I told him I had never thought much about the death penalty. At that time I couldn’t imagine what, if anything, could bring me comfort or lessen my pain and despair, but I knew it wasn’t that.”  – Marie Verzulli

Marie Verzulli is the sister of Catherine Marsh, one of eight women murdered by Kendall Francois. Francois’ murder spree shocked the Hudson Valley town of Poughkeepsie. Both Marie and her mother made victim impact statements at Francois’ sentencing. He was sentenced to life without parole. Marie seeks to strengthen, support, and empower family members of murder victims by sharing her personal story and illustrate that family members of murder victims do not all support the death penalty and that the long legal process surrounding the death penalty can be damaging.


Sunday, March 18th,
12 pm
Garden City: Ethical Humanist Society, Old Country Rd
Take Meadowbrook Parkway in Nassau County to exit M1W (from north) or exit 1 W (from S). Turn left on Old Country Road, go about 1.5 miles to Society on south side of road by blue water tower.

Monday, March 19th,
Sparkill: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Costello Hall Room 103

Tuesday, March 20,
11 am
Radio Broadcast:
Marie Verzulli and Greg Wilhoit
on the Peter Leonard Show Station
WKIP, 1450AM, Poughkeepsie

Tuesday, March 20,
2 and 3:30 pm
Poughkeepsie: Dutchess Community College,
Pendel Rd.
Marie and Greg will speak to criminal justice classes, Room 305, Taconic Hall. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 22,
12 to 2 pm
Flushing: City University School of Law at Queens College
65-21 Main St

Thursday, March 22,
Hempstead: Best Seller Bookstore
43A Main St. (around corner form rr station and bus terminal)
Speakers, discussion, book signing;
$5 suggested.
Information: (516)564-5103 or (631)798-0778.

Friday, March 23,
12 noon
Syracuse: LeMoyne College,
1419 Salt Springs Road Grewan Auditorium,
Clock Tower Building, 1st floor
Bring your lunch.
Raffle of one autographed copy of Grisham’s book.

Saturday, March 24th,
10 AM
Sparkill: St. Charles AME
432 Valentine Avenue

Sunday, March 25,
2 pm
Albany: SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice,
135 Western Av Milne Hall, Room 200

2 Responses

  1. Do you have that right? Ron Williamson was the central character in John Grisham’s Book The Innocent man. Also Dennis Fritz was the co-defendant.

  2. Dennis Fritz The Other Innocent Man in John Grisham’s Book The Innocent Man.
    Dennis Fritz writes his own story. Endorsed on Jacket by John Grisham and States on Jacket Compelling and Fascinating.
    A Companion book to The Innocent Man, Journey Toward Justice by Dennis Fritz. True Crime, Murder and Injustice in a Small Town. Journey Toward Justice is a testimony to the Triumph of the human Spirit and is a Memoir. Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder after a swift trail.
    The only thing that saved him from the Death Penalty was a lone vote from a juror. Dennis Fritz was the other Innocent man mentioned in John Grisham’s Book. which mainly is about Ronnie Williamson, Dennis Fritz’s co-defendant. Both were exonerated after spending 12 years in prison.
    The real killer was one of the Prosecution’s Key Witness. Read about why he went on a special diet of his while in prison, amazing and shocking. Dennis Fritz’s Story of unwarranted prosecution and wrongful conviction needs to be
    heard. Look for his book in book stores or at , Journey Toward Justice by Dennis Fritz, Publisher Seven Locks Press 2006. ..
    Read about how he wrote hundreds of letters and appellate briefs in his own defense and immersed himself in an intense study of law. He was a school teacher and a ordinary man whose wife was brutally murdered in 1975 by a deranged 17 year old neighbor. On May 8th 1987, Five years after Debbie Sue Carter’s rape and murder he was home with his young daughter and put under arrest, handcuffed and on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder.
    After 10 years in prison he discovered The Innocence Project, a non-profit legal organization. With the aid of Barry Scheck and DNA evidence Dennis Fritz was exonerated on April 15,1999 Since then, it has been a long hard road filled with twist and turns and now on his Journey Toward Justice. He never blamed the Lord and solely relied on his faith in God to make it through. He waited for God’s time and never gave up.

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