Amy L. Stone is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University and author of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box. Jaime Cantrell is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.
Colin Campbell Ross
Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven
The Birmingham Six
Ellis Wayne Felker
We all have a fear of being accused of something we didn’t do and being punished accordingly. When this happens the injustice can be infuriating, but usually the situation can be resolved quickly and peacefully. Sometimes, however, this occurs on such an unfathomably huge scale that it results in our freedom being taken away from us. It may be paranoid to live in fear of this happening, but history has seen it occur countless times. None of us are impervious to being in the wrong place at the wrong time or, in extreme circumstances, being framed. Throughout this book we visit shameful episodes in criminal history around the world, episodes that have seen the wrong person put behind bars for a crime he or she did not commit.
In some of these cases an eventual exoneration sees that person freed and released back into society, but sometimes the so-called guilty party has paid the ultimate price for their alleged sins. Often in these cases the prisoner has protested their innocence, and has unsuccessfully appealed their conviction, but sadly, the day comes when they can protest no more. All over the world, the criminal justice system works its hardest to ensure those that break the law receive the correct, and just, punishment. However, some cases are complicated, some are prejudiced, and some are flawed from the beginning. When the innocent are jailed, and the guilty walk free, it is one of the most horrendous travesties of justice.
Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T. So hot that she made as much as $2500 a day in videos and was selected by well-known film director F. Gary Gray to co-star in his film, A Man Apart, starring Vin Diesel. But the film and music video sets, swanky Hollywood and New York restaurants and trysts with the celebrities featured in the pages of People and In Touch magazines only touches the surface of Karrine Steffans' life.
Her journey is filled with physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and single motherhood—all by the age of 26. By sharing her story, Steffans hopes to shed light on an otherwise romanticised industry and help young women avoid the same pitfalls she encountered. If they're already in danger, she hopes to inspire them to find a way to dig themselves out of what she knows first-hand
to be a cycle of hopelessness and despair.