In 2009, the Observer’s Dave Mann wrote a four-part series investigating flawed arson cases in Texas. Dave found compelling evidence that three men had been wrongly convicted based on junk science that mistook accidental fires for arson. Dave later investigated alleged wrongful convictions based on flawed blood spatter and hair follicle evidence. You can also read on this page Dave’s coverage of Texas’ investigation into the infamous Cameron Todd Willingham case. Willingham was executed in 2004 on arson evidence that has since been debunked.
In February, Chris Scott confronted the man whose crime put him in prison.
Ed Graf had waited 25 years for a chance to prove his innocence, and late last week, he finally got it.
New results show Claude Jones was put to death on flawed evidence.
Warren Horinek was a vicious drunk with a history of threatening his wife. But his conviction for murdering her was based on junk science–like thousands of others.
Flawed arson evidence may have sent hundreds of innocent people to prison.
Is Alfredo Guardiola in prison for a crime he didn’t commit?
Ed Graf was sentenced to life for burning his two young stepsons alive. Two decades later, science may exonerate him.
Curtis Severns is serving 27 years for an arson he almost certainly didn’t commit. Sloppy fire science put him there.