Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes

My very first eBook, a compilation of blog posts in the case of William Thomas Zeigler, has reached the market. It is published with Nook Pubit from Barnes & Noble and can be found here in their catalogue. It already has two ratings but only one explained why they gave it some stars.

The reactions on Twitter are very good. I get questions about the Zeigler case. Many scientist have wondered why the state resists DNA testing knowing that some of the victims are blood related AND that some of the non-blood related victims have the same blood type.

Good questions!

Ironically, it seems that for now the most concern for Mr. Zeigler comes from the good folks in the UK and Australia. Makes you wonder …

A last note about the eBook, publishing it was not done for my resume but to introduce the case to the fastest growing community: the eBook community! Also, I wish to reach those people who do not (yet) read blogs. Hopefully I will achieve both and with that, give Mr. Zeigler’s case even more momentum.

To be continued!


  1. Tommy has a hearing tomorrow morning in Orlando, Florida. Here is Citizen Advocate Ray McEachern’s press release:

    35 Year Death Row Inmate has Last Chance to Prove His Innocence

    Contact: Ray McEachern 813-294-6772

    Tomorrow, December 1 at 9:30, Tommy Zeigler’s lawyers will ask Orlando Judge Reginald Whitehead to give him one last chance to prove the prosecution has been wrong for thirty-five years. Seven years ago Zeigler thought DNA would finally set him free because it showed that the blood stain on his shirt came from a man Zeigler has claimed he had to fight the night Zeigler was shot in the stomach and his wife and three others were killed in his furniture store in Winter Garden, Florida. Judge Whitehead ruled against him on a technicality because under Florida law DNA must exclude a convict from the crime scene. Because the evidence of his innocence is so overwhelming, Zeigler has been granted a second chance to seek DNA testing that will disprove the prosecution theory that some of the blood on Zeigler must have come from one of Zeigler’s family who lay dead in the store.

    The evidence that Zeigler was framed – possibly with law enforcement involvement – is overpowering and includes the undisputed facts below:

    1) The bullet entry wound in Zeigler’s stomach is one inch to the right of his navel and the angle of the exit wound shows that it could not have been self-inflicted by the right-handed Zeigler.

    2) The judge in the original trial, Maurice Paul, who is now a federal judge, had a conflict of interest with Zeigler and should have recused himself.

    3) The prosecutor, Robert Eagan, ordered the police not to investigate Zeigler’s claim that police might have been involved in the crime. (Eagan memo of March 1976 will be supplied on request)

    4) The policeman who claimed he was in a restaurant across the street as the murders occurred and who carried Zeigler to the hospital was later found to be involved in gun running and murder plots in Central America.

    5) Police reports were suppressed by the prosecution that showed the blood on Zeigler’s wounds was dry and that witnesses saw a policeman at the scene before the murders were reported.

    6) Crime scene photos were staged according to testimony by the first policeman on the scene.

    7) A police investigation after Zeigler’s trial turned up evidence that one of the men Zeigler said attacked him had been the shooter of another Winter Garden store owner in a still unsolved murder five years before the Zeigler murders.

    8) An Orlando area woman recently signed an affidavit that her deceased son had been coerced by the prosecution in 1976 to perjure himself by testifying against Zeigler. When he refused, he was tried for murder and found innocent by a jury deliberation of less than an hour.

    The Tommy Zeigler case is a classic example of why Florida leads the nation in the number of wrongly convicted people who have been exonerated.

  2. Sorry for the number 8 showing up as a happy face in my post – guess some blogs scripts automatically translate an 8 followed by a ‘close parenthesis’ to that icon.

  3. @ Jacques:
    Thank you, Jacques … I very much appreciate all links.

  4. Thank you, Jacques! Keep all fingers crossed today!

  5. No problem, Susan!

  6. I posted it here: (Google Plus): https://plus.google.com/103604193838758665134/posts/11QVW1gW8Kw

    I got a few people in FL, one of them commenting.

    Yes, fingers crossed – it would be about time justice got done….

  7. Nancy Cato says:

    If you read this book it may change your life: it has mine!

    It is 4am and I have just finished reading the ebook, ‘Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes’. I had downloaded it earlier today after a chance meeting with the author on Twitter and subsequent reading of his analysis of the murder case on his blog.

    Transfixed by the book I remembered that fateful day…

    On Christmas Eve 1975 I was 36 and pregnant with my 3rd child. The news was not my top priority at the time but I certainly remember the horror I felt as details of the ‘Zeigler Furniture Store Murders’ filtered through on Christmas Day in Australia.

    It seemed to be an open-and-shut case with Tommy Zeigler the culprit!

    I took little more notice of the case and turned my attention to the birth of my son. I watched him learn to crawl, walk, fight Diabetes, stumble in Aths, excel in Music, get bullied and at 35 become a global consultant on Audio Technology…in other words, enjoy an interesting life and become a man!

    And all this time…for 35 years while I was watching the development of my child…Tommy Zeigler was waiting, hopeful of ANY development, on Death Row!

    When I stopped reading, I realized that Vidster’s book had awakened in me my long-held passion for Human Rights and Social Justice…and I felt ashamed! Ashamed that I had forgotten about Zeigler and that in this modern era, we could possibly act in such an inhumane way to one of our own!

    Of course, at 72 I am not entirely gullible and everything that I remembered about the murders pointed to Tommy’s guilt. I knew I would need convincing that it were otherwise and I was rather surprised by Vidster’s style. Facts and statistics can make for rather dry reading but in fact I felt I was in the midst of a thriller with all the right ingredients; vivid character analysis, trampled evidence, police corruption, mistaken identity, jury coercion…and most important of all…the long hard battle to introduce modern methods of DNA testing unavailable in 1976. Vidster’s clever use of a wide variety of material; clinical assessments, affidavits, reports and photos added to the enjoyment of the read.

    But it was the clarity and thoroughness of Vidster’s research, findings and analysis that made me see…bit by bit…that there has indeed been a massive miscarriage of justice in this case.

    This is just plain horrifying!

    Tommy Zeigler has been on Death Row for 35 years and may very well be completely innocent!

    How can we possibly allow this?

    I urge you to read this book and make up your own mind. Either way, it is a matter of life or death and begs the question: why should this man NOT be set free?

  8. Have a new Internet connection and was finally able to read “Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes.” Unfortunately, the NOOK site misbehaved and kicked me to the comment page before I’d read the final four pages, and the comment page only let me rate the book (5 stars); it wouldn’t accept identifying info, or a comment.

    So I’ll comment here: You did a remarkable job of sequencing events, portraying evidence and identifying the players and their roles in a condensed fashion … establishing a whole picture from puzzle pieces. It was everything I could expect from a fellow coffee addict.

    Thanks for all your hard work. You deserve success, just as Tommy deserves freedom.

  9. Good morning, Susan! I made the eBook available on SmashWords as well. It is easier to navigate and of course, free. It has been downloaded there a couple of hundred times now. Thank you very much for the compliment. It means a lot to me since the Zeigler case is anything but easy to summarize.

    My best, Alice

  10. @ Alice:

    You’re welcome, Alice. If ever you’d like to publish a guest post on my blog about Tommy and/or your book, I’d be honored. It’s nowhere near as nice as yours, but it may reach people you’d like to pester … Tommy’s name get used as a search term frequently.

    I’ll reread your book on SmashWords when I finish switching over all my email accounts, thanks for letting me know about it.

    Warm regards, Susan

  11. I will definitely consider that, Susan. Thank you for the offer!

  12. @ Alice:Quite welcome, Alice. Have a great weekend!


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