The idea of ultimate justice is appealing to those of us who have strong empathy for victims in vicious and unspeakable crimes. However, the cost of implementing such an unyielding and unrepairable finality as taking someone’s life, is that from time to time we’ll make a mistake and get it wrong. The end result of a mistake like this is the execution of an innocent man. As a society are we so hungry for “justice” or perhaps “vengeance” that we are willing to accept the collateral damage that an imperfect system of justice will continue to provide?

In this first part of a two-part story, we examine the curious case of Rodney Reed, a man who is currently on death row awaiting his execution. Meanwhile practically everyone who has closely examined this case believes he is not guilty of the crime he is about to be killed for. Not only that, but there’s some pretty good evidence we know exactly who is, and the answer may reveal a shady criminal conspiracy by law enforcement officials.

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