Hello to everyone,
Last year at this time I wrote a post to mark the relevance of this date. I began the post with the sentence, “This is a very difficult time of the year.” And it is. This month marks 20 years since Christopher’s death. It also marks 20 years that I have been incarcerated as an innocent man.
However, this year I am choosing to focus on the positive. I want all of our thoughts to be toward the future and the hope that it brings. I want to think of this date as the one year anniversary of Jen, my attorney and our friend; talking to Lisa and deciding that she wants to be the attorney who finally brings me home. Every day we are thankful for Jen and all she does. She is selfless, dedicated, focused and supportive. We love her.
I want to write a little more about the significance of the article in Boston Magazine. At first we were very cautious and hesitant, me especially. I still have very vivid memories of how I was treated in the media 20 years ago. The sensationalism of the media, and the bold faced lies that were printed about me and my family were devastating. It got to the point where my family would withhold the articles from me for fear of how it would upset me. Not only did it affect my daughter and family, I believe it led to the “get a conviction at any cost” attitude of the prosecutor. In setting up the website it was suggested that the negative stories be addressed. After all, anyone interested in the story will come across the old articles. I was extremely reluctant, but ultimately decided that it’s better to go on the offense rather than wait to play defense. Because the truth is the truth and I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve told the truth from the first night I walked into the police station and that has never changed.
However, Chris Vogel and ultimately the investigative reporter, Gus Garcia-Roberts put us at ease. They assured us they were not interested in a one sided, inaccurate puff piece, but rather telling an unbiased, true story of my case, based on an independent investigation. We decided to take a chance and cooperate with their investigation. After all, the truth is the truth. Digging deeper, I know can only confirm my innocence. We have not seen the article prior to publication nor do we know what was written. We have faith that the truth will come out. We are all very anxious to read it, and as I write this post, I am aware that by the time it is posted, the article should be released. Lisa often reminds me that it is the truth that will set me free. Let’s hope that this is the beginning.
UPDATE: Brian wrote this in mid-January anticipating an early publication date and the 4-5 days it takes for his mail to arrive which is why it is addressed in the future tense. The magazine is now on newsstands.