Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes

Zeigler, through Vidster's eyes

A eye-opening new eBook – Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes – offers a compilation of blog posts about William “Tommy” Zeigler’s 35 year struggle to be exonerated from a quadruple homicide.

A reader from Australia resoundingly recommends the book:

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?


About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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4 Responses to Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes

  1. sandra Olson says:

    I have just been given a chance to change a few things with the dna industry. The freedom of information commissioner alberta canada, has confirmed an inquiry to proceed into the continued refusal of dna lab at calgary childrens hospital, run by Peter Bridge, best friend of David Hoar, who frauded my testing at Vancouver General hospital lab, (no longer exists) to release entire file, lab notes, chain of custody, remaining samples, electrographs etc, to me, for independent review. It will be my postion, along with other information of course, that without release of all information relevant to the testing, no review of the work can be done, this eliminates the basic requirements of the evidence act, to have the right to examine the evidence that stands against you. As long as this refusal of release exists, no court admissability should occur. The failure of this industry to have no proper (ie: real) clinical trials studies to PROVE the claimed error rate, no verifiable standards, both within the lab and between labs, and no regulatory body to ensure compliance with the non existent standards, this dna testing does not meet the criteria for court admissability and should not be there. It is not up to the public to defend themselves against this “evidence” it is the courts job to follow their own admissibility criteria and not admit anything that is not proven, regulated, and standardized, and then has the gall to refuse to be fully transparent about their work. The court is not the place for the “slight of hand” that is being handed over to the public who are then victimized again, by the courts refusal to allow proper examination and discovery of the material before them. If you wish to contribute to the inquiry, you can contact the freedom of information office, inquiry#H4357. Head office # 410, 9925-109 st, NW Edmonton Alberta ca. Tel: 1-780-422-6860 Fax: 1-780-422-5682 Emial: generalinfo@oipc.ab.ca.
    Thank you
    sandra olson

    • I’m relieved that you seem to be making headway with Canadian authorities, Sandra, but alarmed that LabCorp’s approved purchase of Orchid Cellmark may make it impossible for your government to obtain records on your behalf once the third party designated by the Federal Trade Commission accepts assignment of all paternity DNA testing.

      The form to file comments on the FTC’s decision is available at the bottom of the page from link – https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/labcorporchidconsent/ – and comments will be open until January 9th.

      Please do file a comment expressing your concerns. It may help thousands who have as many concerns about their tests as you do, but haven’t a clue who to complain to.

      I have started another letter to the FTC objecting to approving LabCorp’s purchase of Orchid Cellmark and will Cc: the FOI office in Edmonton. Let me know if it’s okay with you to mention your name to emphasize that the FTC’s decision may well interfere in the availability of justice outside the U.S.

      So very sorry that this has been disrupting your life for so very long.

      • Congratulations to all you persistent warriors out there! How costly to taxpayers as well as cruel the global coverup of systemic problems with DNA as evidence is. Until such time as our legal systems are changed to meet 21st Century needs and values remember that you the tax payer are complicit in these serious injustices.

      • Thank you for your comment, Patricia; indeed, 21st Century justice – because of advances in DNA technology – should bear no resemblance to any prior century.

        To me, the most complicit in keeping DNA testing unethical, unaffordable and inaccurate are passive investors who love cornered markets and managerial shortcuts … anything that increases their armchair-earned, under-taxed dividends. I dropped the Motley Fool a line regarding their recommendation of LabCorp, and received an acknowledgment but not a response.

        I hope you will take the time to formally comment on the FTC allowing LabCorp to purchase Orchid Cellmark and encourage others to do so, too. The comment period closes on January 9th. Thanks again!


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