I just watched Channel 7 WHDH in Boston. They were interviewing Mary Rizzo. She was crying. I started crying.
The Rizzo are genuinely nice people that I have had interactions with for years. Eliot played soccer with Frankie; Nick played with my bosses' son Mark; Mike coached Frankie in soccer; and I would hang with Mary on the soccer field sidelines.. I didn't know Jonathan, but everyone who did loved him.
The Rizzo's lives were irreparably harmed when serial killer Gary Lee Sampson murdered their eldest son Jonathan. Sampson confessed to Jonathan's killing and the killing of others. He received the death penalty. Jonathan's parents set up a successful Memorial Foundation in his memory and tried to live their lives.
Now ten years later Judge Mark Wolf has thrown out his death penalty.
Three jurors gave "incorrect answers" on their questionnaires. There is no question of guilt. There is no exculpatory evidence. There is no crucial DNA. Sampson confessed.
Now ten years later, Judge Wolf hits the family with this?
What. The. Fuck.
If there is a new trial, it will begin in December. Merry Christmas.
3 years ago