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Margaret McLean’s “It’s A Crime” Talks with Diane Fanning and Julie Rea

It’s a crime that innocent people are so often wrongfully convicted and sentenced for crimes which they did not commit. It’s a crime that even after exoneration many of the exonerees continue to carry a criminal record with them making it almost impossible to get a decent job, make a living, and carry on with their lives. It’s a crime that some of them are put to death. Margaret McLean welcomes True Crime Author Diane Fanning and Julie Rea to “It’s A Crime.” Tune in Saturday, December 15 at 1-2 Pacific, 4-5 Eastern. To catch the show LIVE: LISTEN HERE True Crime author Diane Fanning and Julie Rea met under most unusual circumstances while Diane was doing research for her book Through the Window. Interviewing serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells she was able to get information about the crime which Julie was convicted and serving time for in prison ……the murder of her son, Joel. Defended by a lone, public defender and outmatched by three opposing prosecutors, Julie was convicted on March 4, 2002, and …

Diane Fanning Appearing “On the Case with Paula Zahn” on Investigation Discovery: “A Mother’s Nightmare”

How does a true crime author win the coveted “Defender of the Innocents” award?  Diane Fanning recently accepted this award, presented by the Innocence Project, and the woman whom she aided in being released from prison, wrongfully convicted of murdering her own son.  The case of Julie Rea, and the death of her son, Joel, was recounted in Fanning’s book, “Through the Window” and is being presented by the popular show on Investigation Discovery, “On the Case with Paula Zahn.” When Innocence is Not Enough (From Women In Crime Ink) “If your child were murdered and you were charged with committing that homicide but you knew you were not the perpetrator, how do you cope with knowing that your innocence simply was not enough to pull you out of the vortex of a criminal justice system operating in an alternative reality? Can you imagine anything worse ever happening to a parent?  I can’t.” It is what happened to Julie Rea after the murder of her ten-year-old son Joel Kirkpatrick.  She described the intruder in her home.  She suffered injuries …

Diane Fanning Receives “Defenders of the Innocent Award” From Innocence Project

  Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary On Monday May 16th, from 5-7 p.m., the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at the Inn at 835 So. Second Street. Four individuals will receive this year’s Defenders of the Innocent Awards:  U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill) for helping facilitate a Dept. of Justice grant (one of the largest grants in UIS’ history) that establishes a post-conviction DNA testing assistance program for prisoners seeking DNA evidence to prove actual innocence; former State Police Crime Scene investigator Alva Busch for his work exonerating Belleville resident Keith Harris; true crime author Diane Fanning, whose book about a Texas serial killer exonerated Julie Rea of Lawrenceville; and former State Police Investigation Commander Michale Callahan (author of Too Politically Sensitive) whose efforts to re-investigate a Paris, IL double murder case helped exonerate Herb Whitlock. “This will be a celebration for all those who have helped make the last ten years a success”, said Larry Golden, one of the founding members of the Project. …