I was alarmed to realize yesterday that I’d gone a week without posting anything. My apologies for the absence (this week I’ll return to posting daily.) I spent last week writing a cover story for the Observer’s next issue. It’s about a Houston man who’s spent the past 20 years in prison for a crime he likely didn’t commit.
I spent six months investigating the case. I believe an innocent man was convicted of starting a house fire in Houston that killed four people. Several arson experts told me the fire likely was accidental. Yet the man sent to prison for this apparently nonexistent crime has 20 years left on his sentence.