There’s no denying that the murder of a child is every parents' worst nightmare, but what if you’re then wrongly accused of that child’s murder? Well that very nightmare befell James Joseph Richardson, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of seven of his children.
In 1985, David Lee Gavitt was a 26-year-old married father of two. He lived with his wife, Angela, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Katrina and 11-month-old Tracy, in Ionia, Michigan. On 9 March, 1985, David and Angela watched some television before tucking their daughters into bed. Afterwards, they retried to their own bedroom. However, David had earlier lit some candles in the living room and had forgotten to blow them out. It was an accident that he would come to regret for the rest of his life.
The death penalty. It’s easily one of the biggest debates in America. Now those who agree with the death penalty like to imagine that the state never gets it wrong. However, that’s just not the case. The case of Carlos DeLuna is not a lesson in justice, but injustice. It truly lays bare America’s broken “machinery of death.”