In 1984, Jennifer Thompson's home was broken into and she was brutally sexually assaulted. Shortly after on the witness stand, she pointed to the man responsible in court which secured him significant time in jail. But, things are not always what they seem. Due to the character limit, all source material will be available at crimeopediapod.ca
ABC - Picking Cotton / Jennifer Thompson & Ronald Cotton
The Abyss Pod
Welcome back to our lovely listeners! Thank you for bearing with us through our hiatus. We are back and ready to jump back into the abyss with you! Last month we read Picking Cotton and we both loved it. It is an amazing story and one that has something for everyone. Its a story not just of wrongful conviction and justice but also forgiveness, friendship and surviving the unimaginable. We really hope you love this book as much as we did! We want to know your thoughts! Facebook https://tinyurl.com/y7hmjjyb Instagram https://tinyurl.com/ycfuntc7 Twitter https://twitter.com/theAbyssPod Youtube https://tinyurl.com/y4ooqcf7 This month we will be reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley so grab your copy and join us June 4th! Each month we will review a new book and talk about its connections to true crime. Click here to listen! We have a new episode every other Monday! Click here for our archive of past episodes! The Abyss is hosted by Brittany Wilson and Hallie Burrell.“Envision” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Episode 36 - The Wrongful Conviction of Ronald Cotton
Psychology After Dark
In July of 1984, a man broke into the apartment of Jennifer Thompson in Burlington, North Carolina, and raped her at knifepoint. During the attack, the perpetrator uttered a threat that became forever imprinted in the mind of Thompson. This threat would eventually lead to the arrest and conviction of one Ronald Cotton who was picked out from a line-up, in part, by the sound of his voice. Ronald Cotton would go on to serve 11 years for the crime until a chance meeting with another prisoner would give Cotton the legal grounding he needed to finally appeal the conviction. It also helped bring problems with eyewitness testimony, and the wrongful convictions of innocent people, into the national conversation about the criminal justice system. Why is it so easy to be fooled by what we think we see and hear? How do our false perceptions lead to the convictions of innocent people? What are the psychological consequences of being falsely accused and imprisoned? Join Drs. Micono and Morelos as they discuss the wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton.
Jennifer Thompson experienced a traumatic rape at knifepoint by a man who broke into her home. But soon after her assault, she picked out Ronald Cotton from a lineup and he was found guilty of the crime. Jennifer's assailant was behind bars...or so she thought. Join as we explore the difficulties of eyewitness identification and how easily it could lead to wrongful convictions. Although Cotton spent 11 years in prison wrongfully convicted, this story is one of triumph and friendship.
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton: Finding Freedom in Forgiveness
This I Believe
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino was certain that Ronald Cotton was the man who raped her in 1984. But she was wrong. After 11 years in jail, DNA evidence proved Cotton’s innocence. Now, the two have a friendship based on their belief in forgiveness.
Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom - Ronald Cotton
Wrongful Conviction Podcasts
S5E4: An Unforgettable Story of Mistaken Identity, Grave Injustice, Forgiveness, & Grace In July 1984, an assailant broke into Jennifer Thompson-Cannino’s apartment and sexually assaulted her; later that night, the assailant broke into another apartment and sexually assaulted a second woman. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, then a 22-year-old college student, made every effort to study the perpetrator’s face while he was assaulting her. Ms. Thompson-Cannino first chose Ronald Cotton as her attacker in a photo lineup. Soon after, she chose him again in a live lineup – she was 100% sure she had the right man. In January 1985, Ronald Cotton was convicted by a jury of one count of rape and one count of burglary. In a second trial, in November 1987, Ronald was convicted of both rapes and two counts of burglary. He was sentenced to life in prison plus fifty-four years. Ronald was unsuccessful overturning his conviction in several appeals, but in the spring of 1995, his case was given a major break: the Burlington Police Department turned over all evidence, which included the assailant’s semen for DNA testing, to the defense. When the DNA test results were reported in May 1995, the district attorney and the defense motioned to dismiss all charges. On June 30, 1995, Ronald Cotton was officially cleared of all charges and released from prison after serving over 10 years. In July 1995, the governor of North Carolina officially pardoned him. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton met for the first time after his exoneration and immediately became good friends. They appear together on *Wrongful Conviction *and travel around the country working to spread the word about wrongful convictions and reforms – especially for eyewitness identification procedures – that can prevent future injustice. https://www.wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com/with-jason-flom Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is a production of Lava For Good™ Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.