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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Texas Couple Exonerated 25 Years After Being Convicted of Lurid Crimes That Never Happened

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after they were convicted of a crime that never happened, Fran and Dan Keller were formally exonerated on June 20 in Austin, Texas.

The couple’s prosecution in 1992 was part of a wave of cases across the country amid an episode of mass hysteria known as the Satanic Panic. Beginning in the 1980s, accusations flew that the childcare industry had been infiltrated by bands of Satanists hell-bent on brainwashing and sexually abusing young children. The Kellers’ exoneration closes a decadeslong chapter of profound injustice for a couple that paid an exceptionally high price for the credulousness of local law enforcement.

“I still can’t believe it’s happening,” Fran, now 67, said on Tuesday morning while driving with her husband to sign the legal paperwork. She’s still wary; they’ve been waiting for this day for so long she isn’t yet sure it is real. “I guess I’m just tired of having to hang on for so long.”

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pay them the money and let them live what's left of the lives you stole.

Anonymous said...

You pay them

Anonymous said...

25 YRS OF THEIR LIFE ----GONE!
BECAUSE OF NOT ENOUGH THOROUGH
INVESTIGATION!