Anatomy of the wrongly convicted: An infographic guide to ‘The Innocent Man’


In the brand new Netflix docuseries, The Innocent Man, nothing is as it seems. Those who seem morally bankrupt belie their truer nature, those who seem innocent have skeletons hanging from their closet, and the police and law enforcement officials investigating the dual murders of Debra Sue Carter and Denice Haraway seem to be operating with their own agenda. The story contains so many twists and turns in the plot, it prompted writer John Grisham – whose 2006 true-crime book of the account would go on to inspire the series – to claim, “If I wrote The Innocent Man as a novel, people wouldn’t have believed it.”

To help make sense of the narrative and some of the larger issues represented there within, we broke the story down to its key players, including some of the harrowing statistics surrounding innocent men who are falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit.

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