During nearly 25 years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune
received hundreds requests for help from convicted defendants. None was
more compelling than the hand-printed letter from Daniel Taylor, a
25-year-old inmate at Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois. In
neat block letters, Daniel explained that he was serving a life sentence
without parole for a double murder in Chicago in 1992. Even though
Daniel had given a court-reported confession, he said he was innocent
and he had police records that proved it.