Murder in the Park DVD
Murder in the ParkDVD
In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murders of teenagers Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green in Chicago s Washington Park. In 1998, a group of university students re-investigated the case, and seemingly found the real killer, Alstory Simon.Simon confessed to the crimes, and Porter was released and pardoned his harrowing ordeal shook the public s confidence in the justice system and led the Governor to vacate the sentences of all Illinois death row inmates.Soon after his confession,Simon accepted a plea bargain and began serving a 37 year sentence for the killings. He later claimed that he was coerced into the confession by overzealous journalists, students, and lawyers who sought to use him simply as a tool in order to achieve their true goal of abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. A MURDER IN THE PARK s investigation provides a fascinating glimpse into a very broken criminal justice system and re-examines one of the most pivotal conviction reversals in American history.