It began as a bizarre murder which the media dubbed the Dungeons & Dragons Murder. A young woman is murdered at night in her home with a spear while her husband and large dog are sleeping feet away. Initial assumptions of the husband's guilt drive the investigation into a narrow avenue directed solely at him. No evidence is found to connect him to the crime but by the time the police realize this, the investigation is left with no place to go. Unwilling to admit their errors and bias and unable to go back and collect overlooked evidence, the police are left with a purely circumstantial case against the husband devoid of physical evidence or motive. Using altered reports and perjury by medical examiners and police the State of Connecticut convicts an innocent man of the murder of his wife. In his own words, author Erik Rasmussen details how he was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder and how police and prosecutors overlook, hide and fabricate evidence to obtain a conviction regardless of guilt or innocence.
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February 19, 2004
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