I am Richard’s cousin Barb and I would like to add my little story of how I became involved in Rich’s cause.
In 2001, after a discussion of Richard’s conviction with my family, I decided to Google his name to find out what the details were. I found an article written by Bob Perske, listing in chronological order what had transpired. I was in SHOCK! It was obvious Richard did not commit this crime. Prior to this point, having not been close to the trial, my family and I just assumed “since he confessed, he must have done it”! Even though, growing up, we all knew Richard to be a kind and gentle comedian. I guess we were as blind as justice was in his case!
It became even more evident, during his most recent court hearing last July, that he was “rail-roaded every step of the way and continues to be.” The judge that presided over that hearing has neither a conscience nor a soul.
I visit Richard as much as I can and we talk about the old days when his mom and my dad were living….it makes us both smile.
submitted January 2008