Ronald Cotton was wrongfully convicted of raping Jennifer Thompson. Thompson was raped back in 1984 when she was a college student in North Carolina. A man had broken into her apartment when she was sleeping. He held a knife to her throat and told her to shut up or that he would kill her. She was raped then for 20 minutes. Thompson tried to pay attention to her attacker’s face and tried to memorize it in hopes that she would live. When she went to the police, a sketch artist created a picture, which led police to a suspect. The police then showed her six pictures. She was able to get rid of four of the pictures and picked one and told police that Cotton was her accuser. The police told her that she did good job and that was who they thought it was also. She then picked the same man from an in-person lineup. She was told that she was a good victim and she thought she was 100% right when she picked Cotton. Cotton went to trial and received life in prison. He served 11 years in prison and maintained his innocence. Thompson was later asked in 1995 to give e DNA sample and the results showed that it was actually Bobby Poole who raped her, not Cotton. Cotton forgave Thompson and they now travel the U.S telling their story. They also have a book together called “Picking Cotton.” Poole ended up dying in prison.
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