When Bill Proctor retired two years ago, he set out on a mission of "attempted vindication." A former Detroit broadcast journalist with 30 years' experience, Proctor believes the wrong man was imprisoned for the 1996 murder of a Christina Brown, a 12-year-old drug dealer bludgeoned to death with a toilet tank lid. Proctor covered the story for an ABC affiliate and saw a man named LaMarr Monson get 30 to 50 years for the killing, the the BBC reports. But then a woman called Proctor, saying her then-boyfriend Robert (last name withheld) went to buy drugs one night and came back saying, "I think I killed her"—"her" being Christina Brown. After investigating on his own for two years, Proctor is convinced of Monson's innocence and Robert's guilt. His evidence:
- Homicide inspector Joan Ghougoian was later implicated in several potential coerced confessions.
- Monson's confession says he stabbed Brown in the neck and left her to bleed to death. The medical examiner testified that stab wounds were superficial and the cause of death was a fractured skull.
- A thumbprint on the toilet tank lid determined to be the murder weapon matches Robert's.
"I want to fix this," Proctor tells the Detroit News
. "I was part of portraying the unfair pack of lies from the police department." This isn't Proctor's only case, either: He formed a non-profit called Proving Innocence to investigate possible wrongful convictions.