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Volume 77, Issue 9 \Neb Edition
Exonerated Death Row inmate speaks at BC
Glen Edward Chapman spoke to a crowd of
about 100 students, faculty, and community
members in the RDR Monday night.
Chapman spent 15 years in prison for
crimes he did not commit: The murder of two
women in Catawba County, North Carolina.
He was arrested at the age of 24 in 1992 and
put on Death Row in 1994.
This mistake was due to ineffective legal
representation and the police systematically
withholding exculpatory evidence, poorly
investigating the case, and ignoring evidence
against other suspects.
It was later discovered that one of the
women was not even murdered; she had
overdosed on drugs. The murder of the other
woman has not been pursued since.
While in prison. Chapman kept his mind
active through reading, drawing, writing
poetry, and studying his case for anything
he could use to prove his innocence. He
warned the crowd, “Lose all hope and your
soul will die.”
Chapman met UNCApsychology professor
Pam Laughon (also present) in 2002, and with
her help Chapman was able win a new trial
based on ineffective legal representation in
The new trial ended up being declined,
but Chapman was exonerated and released
in April 2008. However, this meant he was
not acquitted, so he received no statement of
innocence or financial reimbursement. He
now lives in Asheville.
If you would like to help Chapman
receive a pardon, write to or email:
Governor Beverly Perdue
Executive Clemency Office
4294 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4294
clemency @nc .gov
In this issue...
BC Jazz ensemble 2
Rock gym 3
Senior project 3
Faculty Profile 4
Stingy Jack's 5
Security Update 5
Arts & Life:
Word Jumble 6
Comic by Karam Boeshaar 6
Blake Ellege 7
Local legends 7
Video game review 8
Coffee and your body 9
Haunted houses 9
Tornado Tipoff 10
Women's soccer 11
Odds and Ends:
This week in history 12
Taming of the Shrew’ review 12
Chapman shows the map he drew from jail showing where the murder scenes are located. In jail, he
never had paper large enough so he drew the map section by section and then taped it together.