Innocent Man

A man wrongly accused of murder is exonerated 5 days before he is to be executed.

Written by Michelle Norris and Originally Published in NPR on October 11, 2006

An obituary in The New York Times led writer John Grisham to the subject of his new book — and first work of nonfiction — The Innocent Man.

It's a tale of the wrongful conviction, near-execution, exoneration and tragic death of Ron Williamson — a small-town sports hero from Oklahoma whose life didn't turn out the way he expected.

"Never in my most creative moment could I have come up with a story like this," Grisham says.

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