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Saturday, May 7, 2016

UPDATE

For quite some time, Gimlet Media has been working on a podcast that will highlight what has happened to Paul.  Dozens of people have been interviewed and hundreds of documents have been scrutinized and/or analyzed.  

The program is called Reply All.  

The report will air in several parts--the first will be aired Wednesday, May 11th.  Keep checking the website for the times and dates of each episode:  

         https://gimletmedia.com/show/reply-all/  

226 comments:

  1. I was both surprised and excited to receive this update in my inbox today! Will the podcast be archived anywhere? Because I work all sorts of hours.

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    1. I think podcasts are different from radio programs in that you can listen to them whenever you have time. I noticed other programs are listed on the link provided, but Paul's story is not--yet.

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    2. You can download the stitcher app on your phone and listen any time

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    3. Listened to it. Can't wait for the next one. Paul, I , like the other posters, was glad to put a voice with the words. Hope you resume the blog.

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    4. Listened to part 2 and hopefully soon part 3.

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    1. This 3 part series should be interesting! I wonder how Paul feels about this. Sure wish he'd continue writing on this blog (hint hint)!

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  3. Excellent news

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  4. I went to that website and can't find any program that could be about Paul. If the first segment was to air today, why isn't it listed yet?

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    1. I was going to ask the same question! Perhaps there was a problem of some kind? At least we have the link to check for the time/date it will air.

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    2. Reply All tends to do Edits late into the night. Many times the new podcasts are posted late at night or thursday morning.
      Be patient its how they make it such a great podcast.

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  5. You can listen to podcasts anytime, and part 1 is up.

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  6. Here it is:

    https://gimletmedia.com/episode/64-on-the-inside/

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    1. Wow. Paul admits in the podcast that he used to beat people up.

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    2. Yeah, doesn't sound very nice.

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    3. He stabbed someone?!

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    4. Paul never stabbed anyone, two people Harry Adams (Tom) and another teen, Brian invaded Paul's ex-girlfriends house and stabbed a dog because the dog would not stop talking, as revealed in court documents about that case.

      Paul never charged with the crime because Paul's ex-girlfriend's house was very far from where he lived and Paul did not have a car at the time. Two of his friends, who did not like him traveled by car to his ex-girlfriend's, broke into the house and put Paul's photo up to make it look like he did it.


      The two perpetrators were caught and convicted and sent to juvenile hall.

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  7. I am a Reply All listener. I am currently listening to the first installment and am about 3/4 of the way through it. To Stephany - you can listen to the podcast any time you like. You can listen to it online, because Gimlet Media put it on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/replyall/64-on-the-inside) If you have a smartphone, you can also use an app. I use Podcast Addict because I have an Android phone.

    As for the story, it is one of the most interesting they have covered. I am glad that I now have such a lengthy and detailed blog to read. Thanks to Paul Modrowski for writing it and thanks to Reply All for covering it. Paul sounds like a great writer!

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  8. Here it is on iTunes.

    https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/reply-all/id941907967?mt=2

    I just listened to the first installment then wandered over to Wikipedia to read more and found the blog address.

    So pleased Paul has a moment or two as an uncensored voice in the interviews.

    (Guaranteed this will be stopped though. They stopped Adnan Sayed from participating in Serial. America, your corrections system is a money making vote buying industry. Land of the free? Land of the incarcerated marginalised. )



    -taff

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    1. Supporter & Blog FanJune 16, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      Wikipedia? About Paul or the podcast? I'll have to check that out.

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  9. Reply all tends to do edits late into the night so many times their podcasts are released late or the next morning.
    Just have to be patient its a great podcast.

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  10. So, Paul's mother won't publish his atheism on the blog, but she'll openly volunteer that information to a publicly available podcast and then advertise that podcast on the blog? Hm.

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    1. Paul has stated several times in his blog that he's an atheist or agnostic. All his readers probably already know he's a non believer! I disagree with Paul's beliefs because I am a Christian. However, I do think that his blogposts should be published UNCENSORED.
      And, Paul: we miss you!

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  11. To the person who wrote a sarcastic comment: Paul's mother had no idea she was being recorded when she spoke to the show's producer. Obviously, she would not have said those things had she known. As a mother myself (and a Christian), I understand why she did not want to publicize Paul's disbelief in God.

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    1. Why not publish his blog unchanged, though?

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    2. If she didn't know she was being recorded, then shame on the podcasters. They shouldn't of used her voice without her permission. Shame.

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    3. Where did you get this information? I have a hard time believing she didn't know she was being recorded.

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    4. You'll have to take my word for it: she did NOT know she was being recorded.

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    5. Well shame on the ones who recorded her without her knowledge. If I were Mrs. Modrowski, I would be really angry.

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    6. She *claims* she did not know she was being recorded. In reality, they couldn't use it if she didn't agree to it.

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    7. Anon June 13: How is it "reality" that they couldn't use it? They did! So is Paul's mother supposed to sue them? Do you think she signed a contract allowing them to record her?!

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    8. She could raise a stink about it. I would.

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  12. I went to South School with Paul. I didn't know him well, I was older than him. His mom was a sweetheart . I believe she taught me crocheting as an elective . She was a volunteer there. I hope justice will be served .

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  13. OMG. Paul's voice sounds exactly as I imagined it would.

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  14. What?
    He legit stopped writing his blog because of an argument with his mother?

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  15. I am also a Christian and I am disappointed that Mrs Modrowski censored her son's blog. Let him tell his thoughts. If I were in prison, and wanted to post my thoughts on God, and had an atheist mother who censored my thoughts, I'd be ticked off.

    Question for Paul. Do you really think all believers are hypocrites?

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  16. Nice to meet you Paul

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  17. Lovely to hear your voice Paul. You not only look cute, you SOUND cute.

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  18. Lotsa reading for me. I'm thrilled to have been introduced to this blog. Hope he continues his saga.

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  19. Let Paul write about his atheism.People will pray for his conversion.

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  20. Please let us know how we can put money on Paul's account. Praying for him and his family.

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    1. Yes, it is jpay.com
      Check out the website for all information.

      On the website is a form to fill out and all the information needed to send an inmate money. This is the system being used by all jails and prisons in the State of Illinois.

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  21. How do we put money on Paul's account at the correctional facility?

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    1. Read the earlier comments. Illinois has a contract with JPay to handle all money sent to people in jail or state prison facilities. There is no other way! All mail is opened and scrutinized by guards before it is delivered to the inmates.

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  22. So. Paul. Now we know how you sound.
    Please resume your writing.

    It would be awesome if you could do your own podcast from prison. LOL.

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    1. That would never be allowed. But I agree with that idea because Paul could relax and tell it like it is without being accused of so many things by that reporter. She seemed to have an agenda and had already decided that Paul's alibi wasn't good enough for her.

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    2. Sruthi. Not a good conclusion.

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  23. How do we put money on Paul's account? Please do let us know. No matter what he believes please let him know people are praying for him.

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  24. heard the podcastMay 17, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    hope you start writing again, too good to pass up

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  25. Paul I respect your atheism. So happy to listen to this podcast hoping this injustice can be cleared up soon. Sending best wishes
    Geraldine

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  26. Happy to hear this podcast sending best wishes to Paul. I hope this injustice can be cleared up soon.

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  27. I don't understand why he is in max security.

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  28. Please smile in your next mugshot.

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  29. He is being discriminated because of autism.

    His Attorney William Van Hoene, not only did not tell the Jury and judge of his autism diagnosis, but also agreed with Officer John Robertson's lie that Paul confessed to lending a car to Robert Faraci. Paul was still sentenced, even after Faraci was acquitted.

    This was nothing more than discrimination against him for his disability and his political views. In every sense of the word, Paul Modrowski was sentenced to life in prison for the crime of being autistic!

    Had the jury known of Paul's autism, they would have probably found him not guilty, and even if they still found him guilty, the judge, Amirante regretted sentencing Paul to lifei n prison after finding out about his diagnosis, but it was to little too late as by then Sam Amirante was no longer a judge and couldn't do anything like overturn his sentence.

    I have autism myself and I have been discriminated for nearly my entire life, especially in public school. I was often put in big trouble for whistleblowing on the discrimination I went through, and was even given frequent detentions by my teacher and nearly suspended, not for fighting, but for threatening to get the teacher fired.

    The bullies who beat me up every day not only got away with it, but I was often punished for being involved in the fight and the teacher said I provoked the students because of my negative attitude, so she felt I not only deserved to get beat up, but getting punished for getting beat up, and I got punished even more when I tried to report the neglect and discirmination.

    I dropped out of that school and my mom sued the school and won after my other teachers came to my defense. i was transferred to a school for kdis with autism, where I got 1 on 1 tutoring and counselling daily.

    My mom pulled me out because of severe OCD. The OCD was superstitious and I bleieved I was cursed to have enternal bad luck and I felt that the rituals broke, or at least temporarily held the bad luck at bay.

    There's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Paul, you will get out, and your mom and I will see to it!

    There is an active petition to get Paul freed, or at least a re-trial. Please sign this petition which will be delivered to Rick Snyder, and even president Obama who may have some authority over this case, even though it is a state prison.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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    1. That was so kind of you to start a petition. I agree that kids with autism are picked on by bullies. They start fights, the kid tries to defend himself, and somehow the schools punish only the victim! Paul was bounced from school to school because of the fighting. Back then, I don't think there were any schools specifically for kids with autism. Had they existed, I'm sure Paul would have been transferred.

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    2. I was shocked to hear that too! Why in the world did Bill Von Hoene tell Paul's jurors that Paul lent his car to Faraci? His lie is the reason the jury voted Paul guilty under the accountability law!

      What kind of a lawyer would do this? He wasn't a stupid man, so I suspect something sinister was going on.

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    3. How do we know Dean was killed on December 28, though? Paul says people can vouch for his wereabouts on that particular day, but how do we know that Dean was legit killed on that day?

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    4. Anon of May 31: Because Bob Faraci says so!
      I'd guess that many of the "facts" aren't really facts but merely things Faraci told police when he was arrested!
      That is even more odd knowing he failed a lie detector test given him on the same day!

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    5. I'm sorry to learn about all you went through. Perhaps that is what happened to Paul too. He went to a regular high school and many older boys would punch him, trip him, or try to get him in trouble. And like what happened to you, Paul was the one who would be suspended for fighting back. The boys who taunted him and pushed him around were never punished.

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    6. Arthur, who is Rick Snyder? I signed the petition too. Good job!

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    7. Faraci failed a lie detector test? Was that brought out during his trial? Odd that his jury found him not guilty but Paul's jury found him guilty for lending him his car. Very odd indeed. For those who think juries don't make mistakes, this story would make a good movie!

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    8. I am a follower of Paul's blogs - I have high functioning autism myself and can identify with mean kids being bullies. I also had a very negative experience in elementary school, where the teachers would single me out and mistreat me. I was in a regular classroom with a one-on-one aide who would follow me around with a clipboard, which was embarrassing. Then the aide would knit-pick me for doing silly behaviors during snack time, which the other kids were allowed to do right in front of me - I just wanted to fit in with the other kids. Worse was the elementary school's principal, who in my opinion was a child abuser. I attended this elementary school from 2nd to 4th grade and if I got upset or acted out, the aide would force me into the principal's office, then the principal would pin my arms and legs behind my back and sit on top of me, physically restraining me as a punishment. The principal was a heavy set 50-year old man doing this to a helpless 7 year old boy (me) - If that's not child abuse, what is? I would come home with bruises from the restraining, which my mother photographed and gave to our attorney. It got so bad that at the end of 4th grade, my mother got our attorney to take the school district to an impartial hearing. At the same time the school district wanted to send me to live in an institution, because the district did not want to deal with me anymore because I was nearing adolescence. As a result, my mother home-schooled me - I was home-schooled from 5th grade all the way up to 12th grade. I think children with autism related disabilities should be home-schooled if possible since the school districts do not know how to handle these students and often mistreat them. Being home-schooled, I could focus on my strengths and abilities, not worrying about being bullied or mistreated. Also being home-schooled does not mean social isolation, I became involved in a home-school group where other home-schooled kids got together for non academic classes often taught by parents like music, art, spanish..our home-school group was close to 200 families...plus I got to play weekly soccer with the other home-school kids and we took field trips to NYC and Boston. We ever had our own unofficial graduation ceremony, where we wore caps and gowns - there were 15 seniors in my class, it was much more personalized than a high school graduation as each parent was able to give a congratulatory speech on their child with childhood slideshow photos on stage.
      I turned out to be a success, after graduating 12th grade, I went to college and earned my Bachelors Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and now work at a state office job. If it wasn't for my mom homeschooling me, I would have been thrown away in an institution.

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  30. Please sign this petition to get Paul Modrowski freed from prison!

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  31. Please sign this petition to get Paul's conviction overturned and freed http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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  32. You sound kinda mean.

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    1. He is not mean. He does come off as cold and insensitive, however this is due to his autism; people with autism often appear aloof and emotionless, but are not mean or remorseful sociopaths. Paul was not mean in high school either, he just preferred to be alone. His way of handling bulling and mean kids was to shove them aside or fight back..it comes down to the fight or flight instinct, human nature..Paul chose to fight.
      Also the only reason Paul befriended Brian and Bob and joined their "mafia like group" to settle gambling debts for them, was because they were the first people to understand and accept him. At the same time Paul felt comfortable around them, in which he did not feel comfortable around most people. Little did he know, these "so called friends" would later stab in the back and frame him for murder.

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  33. Great blog and story. Looking forward to Part III!

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  34. Why wasn't there Part 3 today?!?!😠

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    1. I've wondered too. Today the producer told me they are still working on Part 3. We have to keep checking the website for the next podcast. If I learn of the exact day, I will post it here.

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  35. Poor Paul. Wish you were out of jail, enjoying a life.

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  36. I'm so sad and pissed. The American justice system is a joke. I hope Paul gets released

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    1. Me too! I agree the "justice system" is far from perfect. Lawyers can be crooks, lazy, or simply not good at what they do. Paul's trial lawyer made some HUGE mistakes and I was shocked to hear on the podcast some of the things he did, especially telling the jury that Paul lent his car to Faraci on the night in question! For that lie alone, Paul should be given a new trial.

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    2. I listened to the 3rd episode--twice! I couldn't believe what I heard Paul's trial lawyer say but worse yet was what Jim McKay (the prosecutor) said!
      Did anyone else catch that?
      McKay said "the absence of the gun was compelling evidence"! Sruthi asks him how can having NO evidence be compelling?" McKay says "it doesn't matter that we had no evidence"!!! WHAT???
      And when asked about that, Paul's lawyer said there was no evidence so Paul wouldn't be allowed to testify"!
      WOW--justice in the USA? No evidence and yet Paul was convicted? Its crazy and makes no sense! Paul's trial lawyer should be disbarred as well as McKay.

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  37. Please sign this petition for Paul. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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  38. I listened to part 3. Was Paul really committing crimes at age 12?

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    1. That was another lie from the mouth of Jim McKay, the prosecutor from the IL States Attorney's Office.
      Seriously?! 12 years old? Paul was probably in 6th or 7th grade and always on the honor roll!
      I'm surprised no one called him on that. With lies like that, we can only imagine what else McKay lied about!

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    2. Older boys were always picking on Paul at LW High School. First day in that school his locker was broken into. Lots of girls liked him though!

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    3. I believe it. He was a cute teen and he's still cute.

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    4. Being on the honor roll doesn't mean a guy can't cause trouble, though. Did he commit other crimes besides the stabbing?

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    5. One of Paul's AuntsJune 12, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      Paul played on baseball and football teams throughout grade school. Won lots of trophies too! "The stabbing" as the States Attorney liked to call it happened in Paul's first year in high school. A group known as "stoners" were always picking on Paul and would gang up on him after school. Once a group of them jumped out of a car and one of them swung a tire iron at him and broke his wrist. Paul probably got tired of being picked on, so when one of these guys attacked him on the way to the school bus stop, Paul was prepared and had a knife to scare him off. The perpetrator threw a can of Coke down, jumped on him and tried to take the knife away. Instead he got a 1" cut on his arm before he ran away.

      Yes, that boy's parents called the police and Paul was arrested. I would hardly call that a "stabbing" like the prosecutor did. It was also unfair to not detail that Paul was trying to defend himself without thinking of consequences. He was only 14 at that time; the attacker was 18.

      As far as I know, that "crime" was the only one.

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    6. Why didn't that info make it into Reply All podcast? That he was trying to defend himself? This ticks me off. I hope those stoners we prosecuted for breaking Paul's wrist.

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    7. In my opinion, Sruthi had her own an agenda and chose NOT to mention the many things that prove Paul's innocence.

      She could have interviewed some of the lawyers and staff who worked on Paul's case before the trial began. They did most of the "leg work" and were aware of many things such as Paul's whereabouts on the night of the murder, Paul's early diagnosis of autism, and the many times kids from Westmont High started fights with him. Many people knew that it was Brian and Harry who went to Melanie's house and stabbed the dog with a fireplace poker (Harry was convicted of that before the trial even began).

      Sruthi had obtained copies of many of these reports as she mentioned on the podcast, yet she chose to ignore them and form her own conclusions!

      I'm just glad judges and good lawyers insist on FACTS and EVIDENCE, not radio shows! And, Paul, I'm hoping you do get a new trial soon!

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    8. Is it possible to post the evidence of Harry's conviction for this?

      If this is true and someone else was convicted of the crime that Sruthi basically accused him of without informing her audience of that fact... That's sketchy in the extreme.

      Also I hope at some point someone is going to talk to an expert on ASD about Paul's reaction to Sruthi's accusations in the final episode. My (inexperienced) feeling is that his reaction has way more to do with his ASD than anything else.

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  39. What a pathetic lawyer -- Google his name (William Von Hoene) and you'll see he no longer is a lawyer so he can't cause anyone harm as he did Paul. Regrets? Doubt that. I'm sure he's happy making $6 million a year at an electric company!

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  40. I just listened to the 3rd podcast and was shocked to hear what Paul's own lawyer told the jury! Perhaps that's why Von Hoene no longer practices law! He probably knew he'd be disbarred soon for what he did. Either he was stupid or evil to throw Paul's case, but either way he is a rotten person.

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    1. I thought he still is lawyer?

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    2. He's the president of Exelon. Another partner at that law firm also quit and was quickly hired as Vice President at Exelon. Must be nice to make $6 million a year. (I read all this online. Search his name or Exelon).

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  41. So curious what you all think of the final episode and interview?

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    1. I'm not sure what the real story is. I think he's served enough time though.

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    2. I agree with Paul's mother: HORRIBLE and filled with the reporter's personal opinions rather than facts. She even supplied the reporter with police reports to prove that Paul was questioned but someone else was arrested, charged and convicted of certain crimes. Yet on the podcast Sruthi says she still thinks Paul was the perpetrator or involved?

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but for a reporter to push her own beliefs over actual police reports or trial transcripts is simply unconscionable. She didn't help Paul at all. She possibly made things worse for him!

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    3. Blame seems to always fall on the kid who is "different". Paul was always tall for his age and many people thought he was much older than he really was. During the trial, news reporters, States Attorney McKay and even the judge made jokes about "Mutt & Jeff" when referring to Faraci and Paul. The implications always seemed to blame "the big guy" as if a short punk like Faraci couldn't possibly commit a murder. I got news for them: you don't have to be 6 feet tall to fire a gun!

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    4. Why did Suthi feel the need to MEET with Paul?

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    5. I think Paul needs a new trial. I will admit to being unsure of his guilt or nonguilt. I admit it. 😞

      I thought he was called Victor after Victor Himler?

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    6. Paul's story of a character in a movie named Victor could have been funny if it wasn't a movie about barbarians who couldn't die unless beheaded. That was kind of a turnoff...but having 3 sons, I know boys like those kinds of crappy movies.

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  42. Impressed with the first three episodes. Not so impressed with the last one. FWIW, I don't know whether Paul is innocent or not. I think the fourth episode was poor reporting.

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    1. My opinion too. The interview seemed like a set-up to get Paul to talk about a movie and how kids found it funny to name him after the lead character. As an 18 year old boy with autism, I can understand how he wanted to fit in so he went along with the nickname. He did say he didn't like being called Paulie.

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    2. But Paulie is such a cute name.

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  43. Someone asked why everyone thinks the murder happened on Dec. 28th. Rose Faraci testified long ago at the trial that on that night her husband came home with his clothes soaked in blood. He stripped off the bloody clothes and told her to burn them while he showered. The states attorney asked her if she did that. She said, no. I just threw them out in the dumpster. Now Faraci wants to change the date of the murder? Too bad people don't review the trial transcripts before making accusations at the wrong people. Rose Faraci had no reason to lie about the date.

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    1. I found it odd that so many people, including the trial judge, just ignored Rose Faraci's testimony about that night. Instead we now have people believing Faraci that the date was different. Ask yourself why. Obviously his ex-wife's testimony should have got him convicted. How many women would forget seeing their husband come home with his clothes soaked in blood?!

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    2. I don't think a wife is legally allowed to testify against her husband.

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    3. At the time of the trial, Rose was pregnant (very noticeable). I think she had already divorced Bob and married a rich mafia member.

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  44. In the fourth installment, the story was not just about Paul's case. The prison interview was less about getting to the bottom of the story than an effort on the part of Sruthi to reconcile her own conflicting emotions. Reply All routinely blurs opinion and reporting, so I was not surprised when Sruthi Pinnamaneni offered her account of what might have happened the night of the murder and then "cornered" him at the prison. I felt the piece lost some of its gravitas in the final episode.

    To echo some of the other comments, Paul's served enough time, the trial was a fiasco, clemency is due.

    I never heard of Paul Modrowski, let alone this blog prior to the Reply All podcast (of which I am a regular listener). I do not share many of Paul's opinions, but support his right to publish. Mrs. Modrowski, please reconcile with your son and post Paul's blogs verbatim.

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  45. longtime followerJune 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Paul seemed to show strong emotion in #4. I thought he was gonna cry at one point. Another time I thought he was funny.

    Paul, please startup your blog again.

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    1. Agree. I wish Paul would start writing again. I'd like to hear his opinions of these interviews. At times I thought Sruthi Pinnamaneni was pushing him to say goofy things and antagonizing him to make something up that really didn't happen.

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    2. I think she didn't like Paul because of his politics views.

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    3. Yeah, good idea, can we hear Paul's opinions of these podcasts? Or can he even listen to them in jail?

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    4. Please sign this petition for Paul Modrowski, if you can. Me and his mom are working tirelessley to get him freed, but the petition is doing very poorly.

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    5. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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  46. It's interesting that the Reply All reporters were able to contact so many people involved in this case.........and yet Paul has to hire a private investigator to find them.

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    1. Perhaps Reply All also hired private investigators! Some of these people moved to other states (Brian and Harry to name 2 of them)....and a few women got married and now have different last names.

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  47. It made me shake my head when she noted that no one can vouch for his whereabouts on 12-28-92 except his family. If he was at a family gathering, who ELSE would be able to vouch for him? I don't announce to all my friends and co-workers that I'm gonna visit my family. "In case someone needs to vouch for me in a murder investigation, I'm letting you all know that I'm going to my grandma's birthday party tonight." LOL.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. I spend a lot of time with my family and my in-laws, in addition to visiting friends now and then. Other than remembering big holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, who can remember the exact dates? Should we all begin taking notes and getting people to sign and notarize them?!

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    2. December 28 happened to be his father's birthday. At the time Paul had an estranged relationship with his father, which is why he remember the date.
      Not saying Paul is one of them, but there are extraordinary people who are able to remember exact dates in their lives. I am one of them. I have high functioning autism an am gifted where I can remember every date of my life since I was 11 (since 1998). If you do not believe me, check out this link from 60 minutes, where the interviewed these people...
      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-gift-of-endless-memory/

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    3. Supporter & Blog FanJune 16, 2016 at 10:30 PM

      That is so funny! I spend a lot of time with my family too--now should I get them to sign the daily newspaper as proof that I was with them? Paul had few friends so why is it so hard to believe he'd be with his sister and brother-in-law that day?

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    4. I think her "argument" is that they aren't reliable because they are family. But it was the middle of winter in Chicago, people aren't going to be outside and at that time it's going to be super dark. It sounded like the only people Paul would tell about being at his Dad's would be Bob and/or Rose and those two aren't going to say that they knew he was there.

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  48. 4 hour-long episodes were not enough to tell your story. The podcast introduced me to your case; hopefully it will have popular impact on accelerating your release.
    I couldn't believe the interview in ep 3 with Faraci. I could feel him sweating when Sruthi was asking him about that night. How does Faraci sleep at night? I can't imagine how one could live a normal life with that hanging over you.

    Start writing on here again, man. Have you gotten to hear Reply-Alls episodes on you? If so what do you think? And if so, what did you tell Sruthi about how you felt?

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    1. Paul's sister recorded the last podcast and played it over the phone for Paul to hear. I'm told he was NOT pleased with the last one at all. He felt "set up" as if the reporter had an agenda and selected only certain parts of their 1 hour conversation to make him look bad, or guilty of something.
      I think it was real creepy the way Sruthi talked about him showering while listening to King Diamond's music. (For those who never heard of King Diamond: his music was popular in the early 90's and called "heavy metal".)

      Oddly, Sruthi never mentioned Rose Faraci's testimony about Bob coming home with his clothes soaked in blood that night. He stripped naked at the door and told her to burn his clothes while he showered.

      Why was that testimony omitted from Sruthi's podcasts? Yet she tries to insinuate something about Paul listening to King Diamond while he showered? I don't get it.

      I wish he'd resume writing on this blog and tell us how he felt about these interviews/podcasts.

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    2. I think Sruthi was flirting with Bob Faraci on the 3rd episode. Anyone else agree? He's quite a con man, or a "smooth operator"!

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    3. Agree. It sure seemed that way to me too.

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  49. Please sign this petition to get Paul freed, or at least a new trial. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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    1. I signed and hope other blog readers will too. I appreciate all efforts to help Paul. Thanks, Arthur.

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    2. One of Paul's AuntsJune 28, 2016 at 9:45 PM

      Arthur, I just saw your uTube video about Paul-- thank you so much for continuing to try to set things right for Paul. Here's the link for others to watch/listen:

      https://l.facebook.com/l/CAQER_1q3AQG8FqztewZrfWG27PWttmmiwUqvRczVAlF6VA/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmyJyhoECwPA

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  50. You can submit an anonymous news tip to some newspapers and websites. Let's do it. Let's get Paul's story out there. Your local news. Your college newspaper. Contact your nearest law school. Tell people on your prayer list. Tell your Facebook friends. Spread the word! Who's with me?

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    1. I'm so on it!!!

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    2. The podcast made Paul look very bad and the reporter seemed to bait Paul with some crazy stories she heard about him. There was no proof of those things so I was glad he spoke up for himself. He tried too hard to lighten up things while she continued pounding him with hearsay. For those reasons, I doubt any good newspaper reporters would be interested.
      I feel sorry for Paul. He probably thought this woman was going to help him get justice.

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    3. "He tried too hard to lighten up things while she continued pounding him with hearsay"

      ???????

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    4. I am already writing a story on Paul for my college newspaper, it should be done by the fall, I will need to talk with attorney's about Paul's case.

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    5. When your story is printed,please inform us.

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    6. One of Paul's AuntsJune 28, 2016 at 9:49 PM

      Someone made a uTube video from part of Paul's interview on that podcast. Really mean spirited, to say the least. But I am thankful that nasty video inspired Arthur Yagudayev to create his own in response! God bless you Arthur!! A million thanks!

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    7. Link to video, please?

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  51. Why are all comments not allowed to be posted here?

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    1. If you've read all these comments you will see a variety of opinions. The only comments (3) that were not published are those most likely written by Faraci. Apparently being acquitted of murder didn't bring him enough happiness or satisfaction.

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    2. June 13 comment! Funny! Did you write something nasty that didn't get published?!! ha ha Now I'm wondering what the heck you wrote!!

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  52. Paul sounds really smart.

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  53. How do we write to Paul and or send money??

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    1. Paul's address is shown in the upper right hand corner of the blog. JPay.com is the only way people can send money to prisoners in Illinois. Jails too.

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    2. Money is never allowed in jails or prisons, at least not in Illinois. Obviously checks could never be cashed. JPay accepts only money orders. All prisoners have a prison account, so JPay puts that money in their accounts.

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    3. No ATM at StateVille?

      (Yes I'm kidding.)

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  54. I'm surprised that the podcast didn't address the problems with the appeals. How the lawyer didn't file in a timely fashion, etc.

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    1. Indeed. A Supreme Court judge wrote something about his case being strong but she could not help because his lawyer filed it late--one day late!

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    2. Can Paul file one again, or did Paul exhaust all his appeals?

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  55. I am currently a paralegal student.
    Even if guilty, he's served enough time.

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  56. If she thought Paul was guilty, why visit him and throw it in his face. Why not just say that she didn't believe him on the phone or in a letter.

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    1. Good question! I also found her conclusions to be quite different than what all Paul's post-conviction lawyers think. Maybe she thinks her opinions and guesses are better than what the evidence reveals.

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  57. Who is this? People are so stupid! victor victor victor. Brilliant my dear Watson! Let the hounds bark into the starry night.,

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  58. This man needs a Facebook page!

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    1. Amen! He totally does!

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    2. I think there was one before but facebook removed it, inmates are not allowed to have facebook pages of any kind..something like that?

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    3. I think someone set up one but Facebook deleted it saying only people who can monitor their page can have one. So someone set up a "Friends of Paul Modrowski" page or "Supporters of Paul Modrowski"?

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    4. Adnan Syed has supporter pages and "Free Adnan" pages. I'm not sure why Paul Couldn't have one!

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    5. You are allowed to have a "supporters of" group on Facebook.

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  59. I felt she purposely triggered him and as much as she claims to know about ASD, she really doesn't seem to know how a person with ASD would react when you say "Someone said this." I also think maybe it was Bob or she got enough information from Bob to make it up. I mean conversations are heavily edited.

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    1. I don't think she said "Someone said this." I think she said "I think...." Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but as a reporter you'd think she would have stuck to the facts!
      As much as the states attorney tried to get them both convicted, he had no EVIDENCE against Paul. Paul's sister and brother-in-law were at the trial waiting to testify as to his whereabouts that night--including the fact that his Mustang was parked in front of their house from some time in the afternoon until after midnight.
      Sruthi did say something about not being able to get phone records from 24 years ago but somehow went on to tell "her version". That is NOT reporting, it is story telling!
      After that, Paul got angry--very angry. I think that was normal considering he thought she was going to help him. He felt betrayed--and he was.

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    2. Oh I agree! I have ASD and I have had bigger outbursts over way smaller things than someone telling me they think I killed someone! I also know how much social anxiety is involved with ASD especially for a person like Paul who has been hurt and betrayed by so many people throughout his life. I also can't imagine what prison does to ASD symptoms. I'd personally be catatonic. My heart hurt listening to that because she was using the outburst as evidence of his guilt when it's really only evidence of him bein ambushed and betrayed. She wanted a huge ending confession ending like the Jinx. I live rather close to Statesville and I wanted to drive there and ask if he was okay after I heard it.
      Isn't the date of the murder only based on Bob's word anyway? Like it makes no sense if the state's case is that he lent Bob the car to go kill Dean and if Bob is not guilty in eyes of law then that means the crime didn't happen that way in the eyes of the law and there was no way for Paul to have taken part of it because Bob was never proven to be there. Ugh I am so mad about this case now.
      Paul didn't deserve this.

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    3. June 18th comment-I agree. Besides feeling betrayed, used and set up, I'm sure Paul was very angry at her accusations. Who wouldn't be?
      I'm not sure if Bob picked that date, but Nadine testified it was the last time she saw Dean, and Rose testified that was the date Bob came home with his clothes soaked in blood. A few others testified that Dean said he was moving to California before getting caught for all the bad checks he was writing. Who would have thought he was killed other than Bob, Rose, and the former mafia member who Rose sought help from?
      Perhaps the reporter should have interviewed those people before accusing Paul.

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    4. If I'm not mistaken, I thought people said they hadn't seen him since shortly after shopping spree night. I feel like the date of death could be anytime from that night to around early January. I'm guessing the 28th may be right because Rose and Bob picking a date they would know Paul was out seems incredibly stupid.

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    5. I don't think any phone company keeps records of calls for more than a year or two, yet alone 20-some years! That was a really stupid request of that reporter!

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    6. You would be surprised what the phone company can dig up.

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  60. interesting podcast!June 18, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Can Paul receive books? If so, do books have to come directly from the publisher? Hardcover or softcover? Can he receive magazines? Maybe his family and friends could start a wish list of books and magazines that he would like to read.

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    1. I'd be interested in that as well. I have a lot of extra books and know where to get cheap
      Books.
      I feel so bad, I want to do something even if it's small.

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    2. After reading all Paul's posts, I'd think he had very little time to read! He's always cleaning or organizing his stuff, working out, washing up in the little sink, fixing something, etc.

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    3. I think he can receive books and magazines. The question is what kind would interest him?

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    4. They may not allow certain books or magazines in the prison but if someone with more info could post specifics.

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  61. I wish Bob would just come clean about that night because He can't be charged with the murder again. He could face perjury and a HUGE civil suit from Paul but that's minor considering what Paul has gone through

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    1. Agree. But I don't think Bob cares about anyone but himself.

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  62. Here's another petition to sign in support of Paul!

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/949/200/168/free-innocent-autistic-man-who-was-given-life-without-parole-for-no-reason/

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    1. Thank you, Arthur. I hope we get lots of signatures!

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  63. I miss Paul's commentary.

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    1. Me too! Paul, please write again! At least give us an update now and then.

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  64. Interesting that on the final podcast, Sruthi mentioned that an unnamed person reported the story of Paul listening to King Diamond music in the shower. The fact that she could not name the person who provided that information leads to believe that she made that up, just to prove Paul's guilt by using her own opinion. She should be more careful in what she does, especially if she plans on meeting face to face with prisoners, not just to maintain good reporting skills, but for own safety. The way she baited Paul...if she does that to the wrong person, she could be at risk of being physically attacked by a provoked prisoner or other type of person.

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    1. Heck, if I was Paul I would have stood up and said, "This visit is over!" and I would have yelled for a guard to take me out of there.

      Paul exhibited a lot of patience and calm until that reporter's dialogue about what she THINKS happened. OK, so Paul got very upset. I'd expect him to, wouldn't you? Did any of you think he'd whisper "you're nuts"? ha ha

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    2. He deserved to get upset. Non autistic people in his position would be! She purposely triggered him.

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  65. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-01-25/news/9501250246_1_grand-jury-murder-trials-pasta-restaurant

    After reading that....WHY was Paul convicted?!

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    1. Two reasons:

      1. The Prosecutor never admits to being wrong. Even though they could have easily dropped the charges against Paul, they would rather send an innocent man to rot in prison than admit they were in error. Even though Rose Faraci admitted to falsely accusing Paul, that did not matter to the prosecutor at this point. They had too big of a case against Paul. To make matters worse, the prosecutor felt the need to appease the public by claiming that they caught the Brown's Chicken Mass Murderer, even if they had the wrong suspect. In my opinion, I feel that if the Brown's Chicken massacre had not happened, the prosecutor would have had much of a case and Paul would not have been found guilty. Certainly Paul's car would not have been ambushed by a gun-wielding task force. Instead a detective would have quietly came to Paul's residence and taken him into custody for questioning in regards to Fawcett's murder. The media smearing his name over the news for the Brown's Chicken crimes made his jury members biased against him. He did not get a fair trial.

      2. Paul's crappy defense attorney, William Von Hoene, is the main reason why Paul was found guilty. It is ridiculous that his defense attorney refused to dispute Officer John Robertson's testimony that Paul lent his car to Faraci. Also Paul had his sister as an alibi witness to his where bouts on the night of December 28, 1992. Von Hoene refused to let her testify. If I had been Paul, I would have told Von Hoene "go ahead and withdraw from my case. I am not going to stay silent while you let this police officer lie about me lending my car and refuse to dispute it." I would have then let Von Hoene withdraw from my case and asked for a mistrial based on his actions. If a mistrial was denied, I would have represented myself and cross-examined Officer Robertson on my own. Not sure how well this would have worked for Paul, but at least Paul would have had a better chance to be found innocent. Jury members would have gotten to hear Paul's story that he never lent his car, with his sister backing him up and that Officer John Robertson was lying; rather than believing that Paul lent his car without a doubt, since his defense attorney refused to dispute this. Funny how is Sruthi's podcast, Von Hoene was not available for comment; maybe he is too guilty or ashamed of indirectly sending Paul to prison that he will not speak about it. But he would never admit this, instead putting on a front to keep his reputation and high position at Exelon Corp. We will never know.

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    2. June 27th comment: I am very impressed - your points are excellent! Too bad you weren't at Paul's trial to advise him. Are you a lawyer? You sure sound like one to me.
      As for Von Hoene, perhaps he knew Paul was convicted because of his mistakes and poor trial strategies, so he left that big law firm to work for Exelon. We'll never know for sure BUT what we do know is that Paul should never have been convicted.

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    3. Thanks for the link--I never read that news report before. I lived in Chicago at the time of the Browns Chicken murders and there's no way anyone could NOT have read hundreds of news articles about the murders or heard TV news reports several times daily for months. People thought they'd never catch the killers. And then Bob was arrested....and told police that he drove Paul to that Browns Chicken restaurant and waited in the car for him... And the rest is history.
      I'm still amazed the police actually believed what Faraci told them in the first place! And Paul thought he was his friend? That's sad...

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    4. Was Paul stupid enough to say that? Didn't he have an alibi for that night as well?

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    5. If the police arrested you at gun point, and then roughed you up while demanding you admit you killed lots of people at a Brown's Chicken restaurant, would you be able to remember where you were on that fateful night? Paul was 18 years old yet he knew to keep asking to talk to a lawyer. Those cops told him he was NOT going to use the phone or talk to a lawyer until he answered their questions. I think he was too stressed to remember where he was that night. If I was treated like that, I doubt I could remember where I was.

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    6. Good question! I just read that news story about Rose Faraci admitting that her husband told her to lie about it to the police. You'd think the news media would have wrote about her confession, but apparently they didn't. Instead the newspapers had put Paul's picture on the front pages. That makes me not trust everything I read in the papers.

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  66. Why are you racist?

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    1. why is Paul, do you mean?? try spending some time in a jail like Cook County, or a state prison in the US (if you're an American), surrounded by the dregs of society many of whom are black (and predatory -- and often racist in their own right or at the very least exclusionary and potentially aggressive towards you). After such life experiences precisely like Paul's, come back and give left-wing or liberal lectures on "political correctness" and/or racism.

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    2. I do not think it is Paul himself being racist..I think its a stereotype..unfortunately alot of blacks and hispanics are involved in gang activities and make up the majority of the jail/prison population. After locked up for over 23 years as a socially withdrawn white male that has to live with these "animals," of course Paul is going to come off as racist..its the prison atmosphere that has done that to him.
      It is unfortunate that we stereotype by race in America, which I myself am guilty of. If I am walking down the street and see a black male walking my way or riding a bike, I often become scared thinking he wants to mug me or attack me, even though he may be innocently passing by and could be a good person (I personally know many nice law abiding african-american people as well).
      I even heard a case on the news where this innocent black man's car broke down in the country and he knocked on a lady's door for help..she thought he was trying to break in and called police who shot and killed him...

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  67. I am the June 27 commenter...No I am not a lawyer. I am a blog follower and I too suffer from Aspergers Syndrome. I am 29 and from New York, I overcame many obstacles with my disability. My mom homeschooled me because the school district mistreated me and wanted to throw me away in an institution. I turned out to be a success though, going to college and earning my Bachelors Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and now I work at a state office job.
    I have been really bothered by this case, especially since people mistake my body language and awkwardness. I do not come off as cold and aloof like Paul, instead I come off as hyper and overeager, but lack social skills and often only talk about my obsessions to other people. In the past, particularly in college people me called creepy and a stalker, simply because I was overeager to make friends and I did not know when to back off. It really bothered me, everyone says college are the best years, for me college were the worst years ,because I was different and did not fit in and was misunderstood. See aspergers effects people in many different ways, some are quiet with no emotion, others like myself are hyper and talkative, but lack social skills.
    I am also bothered by this case because when I was 18/19, I hung out with people who got into trouble simply because I was lonely and they accepted me. Seeing what happened to Paul makes me fear that my "former friends" could have done something like this to me back then.
    I wish there was more we could do to help Paul. Sruthi's final podcat really angered me, the way that she taunted Paul and baited him. She forced her opinion on him and that was downright mean. I hope she is reading these comments that I and others have posted about her mean spirited attitude in her final podcast, so that she can see how unhappy we are at her and instead support Paul.

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    1. Thank you for such a candid response. I thought you may have been a lawyer by the quality and substance of your comment. So many things you wrote about today are similar to Paul's experiences so I am not surprised to learn you also are on the Autism Spectrum.
      Those of us who personally know Paul understood how he seemed to end up with "friends" who were always in trouble in some way. Lacking social skills and not being able to attend the neighborhood schools, the only boys who didn't reject him were those the police seemed to know quite well. And we all now how that ended.
      Thank you for sharing your experiences. Everyone I know was very surprised at the final podcast and how that reporter quickly turned from supporter to attacker. I'm sure Paul just didn't know how to respond to her accusations. I think that's why he laughed and tried to make a joke of what she said. He trusted her, and her accusations made him very confused. She should be ashamed for what she did...and I totally agree with your last paragraph. Well said.

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    2. What do you mean no social skills?

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    3. Paul sorta reminds me of Donald Trump because he seems to blurt things out without thinking of how it will sound to others. He "tells it like it is" which often is not "politically correct." Aren't "social skills" a way to describe the way people sugar coat an unpopular idea or belief?

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    4. Donnie Trump is autistic?!?!

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  68. April, a blog helperJune 29, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    To the person who has written several comments in a foreign language: I am sorry they have not been published. I have no idea what you wrote because I only speak and read English. If possible, could you get someone to translate what you want to say?

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  69. I moved out of the area shortly after the Brown Chicken incident but before Modrowski and Faraci were arrested. Is there any online archive to see the many news reports about this?

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    1. There are dozens of newspaper stories about Paul and Faraci being arrested and during their trial that all seemed to focus on the Brown's Chicken murders which were unsolved at the time. Those articles usually showed a photo of Paul as a "primary suspect". Every night of the trial, TV news shows led with a photo of Paul and how the police thought they may have solved that crime! Every night in the Chicago area!
      I don't have the links, but just search for stories on the Brown's Chicken murders (or massacre) and you'll be sure to find those dated from the time Paul was arrested and during his month long trial.
      I recall seeing Paul's photo on the front pages of newspapers on the first day of his trial!

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  70. I listened to the entire 4 parts again. Paul's mom didn't wanna give Sruthi some transcript, because it would make Paul look bad? What ? What info ?

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    1. I asked Paul's mother about that. She told me that the reports had a lot of personal and confidential information about those people. Some were psychiatric reports, previous arrests, and other things that should not have been shared with a reporter. Sruthi then said she'd get them anyway from someone else and it was just easier to get them from her.
      Well, his Mom fell for that and sent them. Later she found out it wasn't true! Sruthi would have had to get a court order to get those reports! His mom felt very foolish for believing her. And that was the last time she ever sent her anything.

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