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).
I wonder if Gary Harrell still talks about it. I wonder if people laugh at him if he does.
They should. I sure would.