The Story of Kirk Bloodsworth

Former death row inmate becomes Exhibit A for how eyes can lie—-Kirk Bloodsworth, the 1st American death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA evidence, fights to reform eyewitness IDs

“Give him the gas and kill his ass!”

That was the 1st thing Kirk Bloodsworth heard amid the eruption in the courtroom after the verdict came back that found him guilty on all counts.

“I can hear ’em snickering and laughing,” Bloodsworth remembered. “And everybody thought they had the right man – police department, prosecutor’s office, most of the people … thought they had the man.”

They had reason to think so. Multiple eyewitnesses had spotted Bloodsworth at the scene of the crime – at least they believed they had.   Read more