The Zeigler November 2016 appeal

On March 31, 2016, an evidentiary hearing was held for William Thomas Zeigler to request touch DNA testing in his case. Judge Whitehead denied that request for touch DNA on July 18, 2016. On November 23, 2016, an appeal was filed in the Supreme Court of Florida. In this post I have joined the state’s arguments […]

Remembering Marion Miley (1914 – 1941)

Golf champion Marion Miley (27) and her mother Elsie Miley were killed during a robbery at the Lexington Country Club (Kentucky) on Sunday, September 28, 1941. Marion had helped set up a club dance. Around 2am, she heard her mother Elsie scream. Running down the stairs armed with a golf club, she faced three masked […]

Good news for William Thomas Zeigler

Good news for William Thomas Zeigler because Judge Whitehead has granted a hearing to discuss the question of whether the Zeigler defense will be permitted to do the DNA testing that they have requested. To recap: in December 1975, a quadruple murder took place in the Zeigler Furniture Store in Wintergarden, Florida. The victims were […]

The Faithful Executioner by J.F. Harrington

The Faithful Executioner by J.F. Harrington describes the lives and careers of Heinrich and Frantz Schmidt as executioners. The book is filled with details and prints and is a joy to read if you love history. We go back to Germany in the sixteenth century. Heinrich Schmidt made a good living as woodsman and fowler in the town […]

Case of the Month: the Zeigler wrongful conviction

Case of the Month: the Zeigler wrongful conviction has been part of my life since 1993 when I started working for Amnesty International in Switzerland. I am appalled that the injustice endures. In December 1975, a quadruple murder took place in the Zeigler Furniture Store in Wintergarden, Florida. The victims were Charles Mays, Virginia and Perry […]

The Chair by Painted Heroes

The Chair by Painted Heroes is a movie in pre-production phase. I contacted the people behind this movie on Twitter. Horror is not my normal genre of interest but of course, capital punishment is. The description of the movie reminded me of Brubaker with Robert Redford. Results: I am backing the movie and Peter Simeti, President/Publisher […]