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still i can't believe this knowing how you've stayed here already. 3 weeks. 2 weeks. just because you have no other place to you to state no place to go. or of our friends relatives think. you have money to pay rent not. published but it wouldn't be here when i was written about your story i came across the fact that by the time 20072008 when you started to lease you have so much worldwide that sound so many famous people spoke out in your favor it just seemed like very much to get a 2nd chance to get a fresh start but it's something one rock covering went wrong. my
name is kenneth ritchie. 54 years old it's been $21.00 and a half years on death row on ohio. for a crime i didn't commit. the crime of arson. would 2 year old child. get nasty riccio was tried in ohio for aggravated murder committed in the course of a fallacy in evidence showing that respondent set fire and they're part enough he's neither at home collins in an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend who were spending the night together in the apartment below the intended victims to scape them harmed but how call this is 2 year old daughter cynthia died in the fire. you. know what a goal for him village apartments for. no joy the fire started. and
where my life ended. i haven't been to this place. in. july in 1907 as a beam of 1st time back the. whole feel about the city and i guess. they are old farm village apartment. and go. and i saw one of his on fire. old farm village apartment was pretty much. an apartment of theirs low income if you're in the money you know welfare could pick you up and stuff the. complex up bodies. everybody was. drinking and getting going.
now so you. see the balcony. now how is anybody going to climb up that with a broken hand and a cash to. carry into containers and gasoline and paint and and drunk oh their mind is impossible can be done. on july 29th 1986 there was a party at the old farm village apartment complex at the time kenny was suffering from depression and drinking a lot that night was no exception. and about 2 o'clock noon and carried on an alley hours in the morning the mother slim chance until she was off. a couple of a couple lads stopped by friends. she would come out and
party with them. yeah. maybe so. she came downstairs and they should pass and me. and what she told me. and shook my head. at the trial collins claim that ricci had agreed to babysit her daughter while she was away. allegedly in exchange for letting him crash on her sofa that night however neighbors saw him fall into the bushes and passing out soon afterwards. passed over there where no one. in the bushes. and when he woke up. i went to my. local the mop on. my part much in the back. and then you went over here just to see was going on.
ok i'm from the other side. how big was the fire. and. you could see a lot of smoke and flames. next thing. the body is and. all and pretty straight to see a little girl like that. and we're heading out and then like dreams about what happened about seeing fear i mean where you sleep some bad dreams. no. no not a bugger. off. we better get going.
bro. how you doing. so you're at the house. what's the address. it's just a bloody hard didn't sleep well that is if you want. one so i just know. 2000 and. 8 years 8 years in my name is steven ritchie and i'm cammies youngest brother how did we get along. good i mean. when we were younger i looked up to him now as you know it's. 1213 you know i look up to i mean i really.
know him for 21 years and. one rule is much of a relationship is in prison and so is my you know our relationship was a phone calls and that was a. calling and concerned about richie calling on his condition trial was pretty much a farce. they are having gilding for that trial started a murder trial and it takes 3 judges 45 minutes to. declare some guy's guilty. you know the. death penalty. the ohio cord was told that kenny too could salvage of the sack at the neighboring apartment had been left with only the 2 year old victim inside it was alleged that his intention was for the fun. spread to the lower floor where he's ex girlfriend
and her new boyfriend were sleeping the geese relied on that just a moment as if people attending the party who stated that ricci was drunk and that threatened to burn down the building. there was to be people that said threaten to burn the building in some way. going to. see me 3 different variations of it. you know i was garbage to the people who tracked statements people lie. and sometimes there's no explanation no lie and almost cost me my life so far as some of the evidence goes the goes back to let's go back to the fire marshall. marshall stated that kenny had poured gasoline on his the on the porch also. and it
was traced in the gash on the floor. to please be seated. almost 20 years later gaining his lores would prove that the investigation had been flawed resulting in the wrong conclusions. there was a brand new porsche that was built. when the fire marshal stated that he didn't take chippings out of the charred port chip chips for me brand new built. dead. but he stated they were charred while crime lab screwed up and didn't do it. or tested properly. or didn't read them properly and that cause. we had the best experts in the world take a look at it and said now as this is not gasoline. and false i wouldn't. you want to present them and the judge just took it as trees fell you if
you execute just one innocent person that was. reason enough my abby death penalty and they just don't do that or am. going to either kill you. fool of the match. no i'm proud of stephen better put out. stephen they have. done great for themselves in a beautiful from way and i sort of. tend to jealous.
since you have a brother living around where you can go to use a place to stay for a while until you get that going through. he's never offered to know. i'm too proud to. hold yours were stolen from you. trying to make up to get his social life you so together. drive. back every time. you. just want things go good. the world pulled out from under me. it's all part of the bloody life. of design must still make jenny had no regular job or any kind of stable income.
when i was told some seemed wrong but old old just told. me the world is yet to shape our disdain comes to educate and in detroit it was betrayal. once and many find themselves worlds apart of the we choose to look for common ground. in the troubled 19 seventies a group of killers rampage 3 cups of mills and that was coordinated loyalists attacks. population of tens of are forced to flee their homes straight in to put
these attacks was that the are you see the police actually took part in the attacks so instead of preventing it they were active participants in the streets in belfast take more than 100 innocent civilians with. live you can seniors and we found out more i was surprised about the extent. to which the solution was involved in some of those cases that killers would later be named. i think it went to do very very top i think if he. was here where all the tapes you know on the go ahead. my memories are all ramsey probably got more going on here and form this is a very forth are it offers. housing and restoration for at risk and homeless
veterans they always have that. how you would be. being imprisoned do you have a film. once you get the stigma attached to. you know how much of a life left i met mr rich and you know in the october. 2002 and so roughly a year ago i gave him a place to stay at least a roof or recite it and here exchange he would do menial tasks around the house through the day did he appreciate what i've done for him. to be honest i'd have to say no he stopped me you know. no longer paid me into $250.00 a week in the for that i was paying no rent. no utilities but i wasn't getting i wasn't getting any money. it threw me out of the apartment you
know told me to leave him in the direction north arnold the skinny a place to live on condition that he get his act together and find a job to secure a steady income but that never happened in his case he drank extensively. and he. was subject to drug use not only drug use but a lot of the also come along with prostitution. and that's just not for a way to renovate your life and get back on a positive path he had an opportunity to redeem his life he had an opportunity to raise. years of imprisonment and even take full advantage of the opportunity i think they had to me hasn't forgiven himself for something he's been in a safe haven and make it right because it's eating you alive you're just not happy with yourself.
when it took me to most elm put me in a. door slam it into you know death row inmates or. i recognize a red stripe and it goes down the side of the side of the template. indicate sure. that you're in there for execution and every time you walk in the corridors of the present there's a dead man walking dead man walking. again he never admitted guilt and launched repeated appeals to have his case review his death sentence was postponed with each new submission but if one was refuse. and you date in time for the execution was scheduled over his 21 years in prison he was told on 13 different occasions the exact date and time when he would die as depression.
you know. mentally. but i bring every detail another or another piece of me died i know that on one day a very for the call is. on drugs or not if you don't mind my life is full of bad memories. don't you cap. don't need to remember don't want to remember them. you see if you. do it here you know when you. see the most with the old switcheroo cherry. leading you to. that mine is very good did you. think it was so emotional because you
know she loves me and because so far away. she lost she lost me all those years ago and i always knew that he was innocent as i read the truth that nobody. would prove that i'm wrong. i've been down this road with him forever in almost 60 years. and i had to get to. visit with him. in the early 2000 and. 3 been sentenced to death and the states began to attract media attention on both sides of the pond. they have a reporter or they contacted me wanting to talk to me and stuff and of you me the anger. trying to judge and. trying to prosecute.
you know i was innocent when the article came out that just went from there it's like you know. newspaper. call and talk to me and then people started writing me. new to. the proclaimers. orders for a whole show on call over you one more call while. you can read i go. to stand on national came up. publicly stated. my case with one of the most compelling case is a bit of power and there since the human to human rights champion heard. of abortion. in 2000 someone get his lawyer skims in agreement with the prosecutors. the arson and murder charges swear a plea bargain down to child endangerment. this was enough to secure rich's release considering the amount of time he told when he spends in prison. only one person in
the courthouse still believes him can his guilt valerie binkley. the victims. i have. here. tonight i'm going to face get through it but i want to know you want nobody not. people who will. know i never can take any confusion he loves kids. who are those children clearly he wouldn't. be you know the idea why so many neighbors and other people who live. here in the testimonies to give him a probably pissed me off somewhere. they
started asking me that the age old question about going to help. oh is there talk about am i going to go to hell for what happened cynthia call ins. and i would tell him again for the millionth viewer to drop charring member what happened any didn't know the baby was there and i really believed that and he turned around. and in the most evil voice i had ever heard come out of his mouth with out an accent. he goes. i knew she was there and i knew exactly what i was doing. my name is karen i am rich and i am the ex-wife. of kenneth rich karen married gainey do you think i was in a lot of 3 years after it was finally released from prison. i had no idea what i
was getting into i had no clue because i truly believed in his story about being incarcerated for 21 and a half years for a crime he didn't commit. and i thought ok i'll play into your ego because i really wanted to know how the fire started and i thought how can i ask this question how can i get this information from him without him. lying to me i said because you are just so incredibly smart you outsmart them he goes because they're a bunch of dumb asses like ok. because it was easy because you take a lit cigarette it will come back to fit in the boat. behind the couch and that i walk down the street 30 minutes later a place goes up in smoke and they can't connect me to the crime.
i didn't expect that. i was just absolute shock. i am married to say. himself. she's a lawyer just give money. something like. 3 years to come forward with. let's just. hope. she told me. problem of cold cold cold didn't cope with me. because i ran into it there are other spirits that decided to intervene and one was
his father. and his father came to me in the middle of the night although my eyes same the same time of night. i see this figure in the doorway. shadow walk through the door around the bed. and right next to me again and. he said we need your hope. tokay that he's been forgiven. and. he says we need your help to save his soul. the next night. i go to bed and i heard these footsteps. on the carpet running to the side of the bed. of course i wake up and i looked and there was this little game. on
a little same size as my right there. and i'm in shock and she said. did you live with this is. it is you to tell kenny that i forgive him. and forget. i said. ok. to not to do. a spiritual experience. and i had the little girl that died in the fire cynthia collins. i have. had very few of that kind of thing happen where you shake your core when you're around something so evil with kenneth richie that happened.
some of the bush people would normally also think. what call bush really nice at times i'm too nice a potion. but was about. as would be a lonely. figure some of the sort of to. prove to. so i. can do a rebel. child control the pain. despite the claims of kenneth reaches ex-wife nicole and smarter case was now reopened. karen herself wanted us to make clear that she received no money for a given these interview. after their fall out with donald. gagne was unable to find a new job and the lack of money man to keith had to move out of the rented
i'm interested always in the waters in the house. i sit. during the great depression which i'm old mr remember there was and most of my family were employed. there wasn't it was bed you know much worse objective listen today but there was an expectation of the things were going to get better. there was a real sense of hopefulness there isn't today today's america was shaped by the turn principles of concentration of wealth and power. reduced democracy attack solo doubt engineer elections manufacture consent and other principles according to no i'm chums to one set of rules for the rich opposite. that's what happens when you put her into the hands of
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