ISU SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS PICKING COTTON

  • 30 Nov 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tilson Auditorium

ISU SPEAKERS SERIES
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November 30, 2021

Picking Cotton

Being misidentified as the perpetrator of a heinous crime is what nightmares are made of. It is a nightmare that became all too real for Ronald Cotton.

In 1984, an assailant broke into the apartment of a young college student, Jennifer Thompson. She was brutally raped. Later that night, the assailant broke into another apartment, assaulting a second woman. Cotton was first identified as the assailant in a photo lineup and then again by Thompson in a live lineup. Additionally, evidence consistent with her description of the crime was found in his home. He was ultimately convicted on two counts of rape and burglary, and given a sentence of life in prison, plus 54 years.


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