@BrevardSheriff Deputy Gary Harrell solicited a homicide confession discussing Judgement Day. Holy cow. [Updated]

Update 1/6/2020: This morning, I had the unhappy misfortune of being subjected to a rebroadcast of the “Documentary” about  former Brevard County, FL Sherriff’s Deputy Gary Harrell convincing James Drysdale to confess to murder out of fear of judgement day. John Walsh should take a more active role in what the Justice Channel airs about Brevard. It really, really should. With all the frame-ups and related miscarriages of justice that happened there, they’re traumatizing thousands of people aside from me by carelessly portraying bad guys with guns as good guys.

Cold Case Documentary: The Mark of Cain 1999

I just happened to have The Justice Channel tuned in when Cold Case Documentary: The Mark of Cain 1999 aired yesterday. The crux of the docudrama is that Brevard Sheriff’s deputy Gary Harrell solicited a confession from James Drysdale to the murder of Jim McCutcheon by discussing Christianity and Judgement Day.

This happened long before Harrell became involved in engineering Jeff Abramowski’s false conviction. There was false DNA testimony, false officer testimony and attempts to get not one but two inmates to testify falsely in trade for leniency. One of the informants almost testified. He made it all the way to the courtroom, and backed down right in front of Judge Tonya Rainwater. It should have been game over, right then, but the fix was in, like dozens of fixes before it in Brevard County, Florida.

I’ve written about many of them. Juan Ramos (acquitted at retrial). Gerald Stano (executed). Wilton Dedge (DNA exonerated). Willliam Dillon (DNA exonerated). Crosley Green (still framed). Gary Bennett (still framed). Monte Adams (still framed).

Judgement Day.

I wonder if Gary Harrell still talks about it. I wonder if people laugh at him if he does.

They should. I sure would.


Offender Picture

James Drysdale – Out of fear of Jim McCutcheon, kept a weapon under his pillow and a gun at hand, knowing the gun was a violation of his parole. Confessed to the slaying because of his fear of Judgement Day, and won’t lie – he feels no remorse.

Offender Picture

Jeff Abramowski – Not a DNA match, not physically where an officer’s testimony put him in the homicide time line, nearly a victim of coerced jailhouse informant testimony. Innocent yet incarcerated, while first his children grew up without him, and now his grandchildren grow up without him.

Offender Picture

Richard Mair – Offered a “walk” to lie about Jeff Abramowski and refused, committed suicide in the notoriously deadly Dade Correctional Institution’s TCU in 2013 after trying to get authorities to act. A year earlier, a corrections officer scalded Darren Rainey to death there.



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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2 Responses to @BrevardSheriff Deputy Gary Harrell solicited a homicide confession discussing Judgement Day. Holy cow. [Updated]

  1. Bob Steiff says:

    Hi Susan, I came across this article. I see you are a prolific writer. I hope you are well. I read your most recent apparently having bad arthritis in your fingers? I don’t know about Gary Harrell’s getting illegal confessions, but I am aware of the vast corruptions of attorneys and I do know James Drysdale. He has spent over 22 years in lock-up. They keep telling him he will get out soon, but he never does. He has painful skin cancers on his face and head and is in his 80’s. You have a great blog able to communicate for those who are unable to speak for themselves. The best to you!


    • Thank you for your very kind words, Bob. I am very sorry to hear that James Drysdale is suffering. Given his advanced age, I hope he is soon granted “compassionate release,” with no heartless/heinous strings attached as to what treatment he may seek for his cancer. Please give him my regards, and tell him that although I’m not well enough to write as much as I used to, I’m trying to gather some younger and healthier forces behind me to address Florida’s corrupt justice system and third-world lockups. Again, thanks for the encouraging words.


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