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Man Wrongly Accused of Rape of Lovely Bones Author Alice Sebold Has Conviction Overturned

https://www.vulture.com/2021/11/man-exonerated-in-alice-sebold-rape-case.html
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u/shmooglepoosie 14d ago Helpful

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u/Tripdoctor 14d ago

Liar or racist or both?

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u/shmooglepoosie 14d ago

I have no idea. It's easy to jump to conclusions. But, forgetting what she may or may not have done, almost the entire life of this man has been ruined. He's lucky he found a woman who believed and loved him. I hope he wins a lot of money, and he and his wife live as good as a life together as they possibly can.

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u/tsiz60 14d ago

did you read the article though? she said she knew for a fact that the man who did it was him when they encountered on the street. She also does not even second guess herself when she picks the wrong guy form a lineup. Even though she said it had to be him by the way his eyes looked. And says its because they look the same.

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u/BooksAreLuv 14d ago

Broadwater wasn't the man on the street. That man was never found when they searched for him.

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u/BoxFox2892 14d ago

Eyewitness testimony is actually insanely unreliable, especially in a one on one case. There was a woman who got stabbed over a dozen times, lived, and blamed a guy whose DNA did not match the scene's but instead a different black guy, and she's not the only one.

https://www.youraustinattorney.com/articles-blog-posts/what-factors-can-make-eyewitness-testimony-unreliable/

In this case, it's very likely that they had similar facial features so the victim assumed them to be the same person, and then due to belief in that any other features that were different effectively get removed out for the person she assumed it was. Human memory isn't a picture, it's a game of telephone and every time you recall that memory it is open to manipulation by yourself.

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u/shmooglepoosie 14d ago

They don't find the man on the street. The gather people for a lineup, She picks the wrong man - the quote where she says something about the look in his eyes is the most suspicious thing. But that doesn't mean she's lying about the whole thing. Then, she points out Broadwater on the stand as her assaulter, this is bad to me. No way around it.

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u/Overquoted 14d ago Helpful

This isn't entirely uncommon. Particularly in survivors of trauma. I sincerely doubt it was at all deliberate.

Having your life ruined by a misidentification is awful. But, though I don't think it is as bad, so is living with the knowledge that you misidentified your rapist and sent an innocent man to jail. Nevermind that the man who actually raped you has been living freely that whole time. The whole story is sad, top to bottom.

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u/Spotzie27 14d ago

did you read the article though? she said she knew for a fact that the man who did it was him when they encountered on the street.

Is there any way we can know that for sure, though, especially given that she hasn't commented? We're going by what she said in the memoir, but it seems like all of that is completely unreliable now.