Category Archives: Misc.

New Facebook Page

After a couple of requests, I thought I would also make a Facebook page to accompany the blog here.  Check it out at facebook.com/iwfablog – the page is place where everyone can share stories of false accusations and convictions and learn of resources available to you, your friends and family.

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Thank You All!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your support of my story!  I truly apologize that I have gone so long without an update.  When I set out on this journey of sharing my story, I truly underestimated the time it would take to maintain this blog!  I do intend on continuing the story ASAP though – so, please hang in there with me!

And, for the HUNDREDS of you that have sent me email of support…WOW – and thank you!  I genuinely wish I had the time to respond to every one of your personally, because your words, questions, pleas for help truly mean so much for me.  Unfortunately, the time available after work and family doesn’t allow a personal response to everyone right now.  If I could find a way to finance my blog – I would happily dedicate all my time to finding you resources in your local communities that could help you – but that just isn’t the case!

Again – I have no words to express what the overwhelming support for my story means.  Thank you for your patience with waiting for the next ‘chapter’ – and I am committing to you all that I will finish the entire story (which actually hasn’t fully ended yet…) as time permits!

Please Note: Posts in the ‘My Story’ page always have the newest post on the top. If you would like to read the story from the beginning – start with “An Introduction”. Thanks for reading! ~IWFA

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New URL Alias!

So – I’ve been thinking about the blog a lot lately, and how I need to get back into weekly updates (which I will start doing ASAP).  One thing that has bothered me since the beginning was how long my URL was (iwasfalselyaccused.com).  Every time I type it I have to try to spell it in my head to make sure I get it right.  So, I decided to buy a second domain name to make a little easier to direct people to the site.  The new URL is iwfablog.com.  If you simply use this new URL it will forward you to the “old” longer one  – easier to remember, and a lot less typing!  (If you are trying this immediately after I posted this update – wait a little while…the back-end changes are still being processed to make this work).

Stay tuned for some updates in the really near future!  Thanks for you support – and PLEASE share my web address with everyone you know so they, too, can follow along.

If you enjoy following my story please subscribe to this site by entering your email address at the very bottom of the page – then you will be notified immediately of new posts!  You can always unsubscribe at anytime! ~ IWFA Blog

We’re back!!!

I wanted to apologize to all my followers who may have though I took the site down!  Apparently my domain mapping was not set to auto-renew like I had thought…but that is all fixed now, and the story will continue!

As always – thank you all for your support a I (slowly) work through the story.

~ IWFA

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 14 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 16th with 158 views. The most popular post that day was HOME.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were falselyaccuseddad.com, mail.yahoo.com, Google Reader, en.wordpress.com, and criminaldefenseattorney.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for teachers falsely accused, falsely accused teachers, falsely convicted, i was falsely accused, and channel 8 news falsely accused fathers.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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HOME February 2010
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The Interrogation February 2010
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I Was Arrested! March 2010
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An introduction… February 2010

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Background February 2010

 

 

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Witch Hunt

Today, I was made aware of a movie project – called Witch Hunt– it is a documentary produced and narrated by Sean Penn.

This movie highlights the story of John Stoll, and dozens of other men and women, who found themselves falsely accused – and falsely convicted – of child molestation in Kern County, California!

Below is the synopsis as it appears on the movie’s website:

On the night John Stoll was roused from his bed and carted off to jail, his attitude bordered on the cavalier.
“Aren’t you worried?” His lawyer wondered.
“Hell no, I ain’t worried,” John answered. “I didn’t do this. You can’t convict me of something I didn’t do.”

It was more than two decades before John Stoll was free again.

Executive Producer Sean Penn proudly presents “Witch Hunt,” a gripping indictment of the United States justice system told through the lens of one small town. It’s John Stoll’s story, but it’s also the story of dozens of other men and women who found themselves ensnared in a spiral of fear, ignorance and hysteria. These people are Americans, working class moms and dads, who were rounded up with little or no evidence, charged and convicted of almost unimaginable crimes. All sexual. All crimes against children. Years, sometimes decades later, they would find freedom again, but their lives and the lives of their children would be changed forever. This film shows viewers what the real crime in this case is, not molestation, but the crime of coercion. Viewers hear from the child witnesses who were forced to lie on the witness stand as they describe scary sessions with sheriff’s deputies in which they were told — not asked — about sexual experiences that happened to them. Their coerced testimony led to dozens of convictions. Many times their own parents were the ones they put behind bars.

Soon after the trials, the children started to crack. They told adults of the lies they’d been forced to tell on the stand and hoped it would make a difference. It didn’t and the convicted continued to sit in prison. As the allegations grew more outlandish, California’s Attorney General wrote a scathing report on the court misconduct, but instead of being buried by criticism, Kern County District Attorney Ed Jagels thrived, doing what he did best– putting people away. He boasted one of the highest conviction rates in the country. This strategy served him well. Jagels is still in office today. Through new interviews, archival footage, and unflinching narration by Mr. Penn, the filmmakers construct an intimate film that illustrates a universal point; when power is allowed to exist without oversight from the press, the community or law enforcement, the rights of everyday citizens can be lost for decades. National film critic Marshall Fine says, “This is a chilling story about American law-enforcement run amok and untethered. It’s particularly timely in the wake of revelations about the way the Bush administration has trampled American civil rights. A movie that can’t help but move you – to tears and to action.”

I immediately purchased, and watched this movie…and, even having personally gone through a similar story, I find it frightening to think that this kind of thing can happen to anyone.  One of the most impactful quotes for me from this movie is from Jeff Modahl, who served 15 years in prison before his conviction was overturned.  Jeff speaks about false allegations and says, “This does happen – and it can be you, your neighbor, your son or daughter.  It can happen right now in your own home.  There’s no rhyme or reason why it happens.  If somebody wants to do it – it can happen.”

I highly recommend this movie to everyone.  It will certainly make you think twice, even three times, every time you hear an allegation!  For more information on the movie, and how it benefits the California Innocence Project, please click HERE.  To purchase the DVD, please click HERE, or to download from iTunes click HERE.

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