The conviction of a man convicted of raping The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold has been overturned after 16 years in prison after he hired producer PI over the story.
A man was unjustly convicted of rape lovely Bones Writer Alice Sebold in 1981, a crime described in her 1999 memoirs, had his conviction overturned.
Anthony Broadwater, 61, shivered with emotion and sobbed with his head in his hands when a judge overturned the conviction at the request of prosecutors on Monday.
“I never, ever thought I would see the day when I would be acquitted,” said Mr. Broadwater, who spent 16 years in prison for raping the famous writer when she was a freshman at Syracuse University in 1981.
Siebold, 58, wrote about the attack in her diary lucky, then spotted a black man in the street months later, who she recognized as her attacker.
He was smiling as he approached. He recognized me. It was a walk in the park for him. Mrs. Siebold wrote that he met an acquaintance in the street.
He said, “Hey girl.” “Don’t I know you from somewhere?”
She said she didn’t reply: “I looked straight at him. I knew his face was mine on top of me in the tunnel.”
Mrs. Siebold went to the police, but she did not know the man’s name and an initial survey of the area failed to locate him.
An officer suggested that the man in the street should be Mr. Broadwater, who was supposedly seen in the area.
Broadwater’s arrest, Mrs. Siebold failed to identify him on the police list, choosing a different man as her attacker because “the expression in his eyes told me that if we were alone, if there was no wall between us, he would call by name and then kill me.”
However, Mr. Broadwater was tried and convicted in 1982 largely on the basis of two evidence.
On the witness stand, Mrs. Siebold identified him as her rapist. An expert said hair microscopic analysis linked Broadwater to the crime. The Associated Press reported that this type of analysis has since been deemed undesirable science by the US Department of Justice.
Mrs. Siebold’s 2003 book lovely Bones, About the rape and murder of a teenage girl, it won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year award for adult literature in 2003 and was made into a movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, and Michael Imperioli.
lucky It was also in the process of being made into a movie, and as the filmmakers were drafting a script for the movie they became suspicious of Broadwater’s guilt.
Former executive producer Tim Mochianti said he wanted to learn more about the issue after noticing inconsistencies between the first draft of the script and the book.
“I started researching and trying to figure out what really happened here,” Mr. Mucciante told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
After withdrawing from the project, the director hired a private investigator, who put him in contact with David Hammond and Melissa Schwartz of Syracuse-based CDH Law.
They contacted Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who expressed a personal interest in the case and had an understanding of how scientific advances cast doubt on the use of hair analysis.
On Monday, Mr. Fitzpatrick said to the state Supreme court Judge Gordon Coffey said Mr. Broadwater’s trial was an unfairness.
“I will not pollute this action by saying, ‘I’m sorry,'” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “It should never have happened.”
Mr. Broadwater said outside the court Post-Syracuse Standard The public prosecutor has personally apologized to the court.
“When he spoke to me about what went wrong with me,” said Mr. Broadwater, “I couldn’t help but cry.”
“The relief that a local prosecutor of this magnitude will take sides with me on this case, it’s so deep, I don’t know what to say.”
Mr. Broadwater, who worked as a garbage truck and handyman in the years after his release from prison in 1999, told the Associated Press that his rape conviction blighted his job prospects and relationships with friends and family members.
Even after he married a woman who believed in his innocence, Mr. Broadwater did not want to have children.
His name will now be removed from the sex offender registry.
Tell Sebold Publishers Scribner, an offshoot of Simon & Schuster independent The author has no comments.
The fate of the film adaptation lucky not clear.
The Associated Press contributed to this report