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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Paul's Response to the Podcasts - Part 1

Reply All was a small upstart podcast program that premiered in 2014. The ratings were poor and producers struggled to increase the show's audience. I received overtures from the podcast as well as a few others and ignored them until Sruthi Pinnamaneni sent me a letter in mid-2015.  I appreciate people who take the time to write me directly at the penitentiary and will almost always respond. Sruthi initially came across as a genuinely nice person seeking an interview about my life and blog. The blog was supposed to be extinguished as my life had been long ago yet many people continued to express an interest in hearing those death knells. Thus, for blog readers and to some extent myself, I thought an obituary was in order. Although I was aware Reply All was produced by amateurs eager for media recognition, I did not expect the podcast to slip into tabloid journalism nor a malicious attack on my innocence.

Towards the end of my blog writing, I was informed a few radio broadcasts were interested in speaking with me. I inquired if any of them were Rush Limbaugh.  No, none of them were my favorite and most listened to conservative talk show in America. Unfortunately, they were all liberal news programs with niche or minuscule audiences. I had no interest in being a guest caller or the subject matter of a left-wing radio broadcast that I had never heard of. Eventually, however, I was told National Public Radio wanted to interview me for a show.  NPR is a station which can be heard across most of the country. It has a liberal slant, however, due to public funding has some programs which are objective and or just meant to be informative. Under those circumstances, I was open to being on their show.

In July of 2015, I received a letter from Sruthi. She introduced herself as a reporter for Reply All. She mentioned that a couple of people who work with her formerly worked on another show at NPR. She provided a phone number and said a prepaid account had already been established. I rarely listen to NPR and spent the next couple months trying to find the time her program was being broadcast so I could assess the quality, subject matters, and slant of the shows, if any. I tuned in days and nights at various hours, but found nothing. My cellmate stayed up very late watching television and I asked him to tune in periodically. He told me none of the shows introduced themselves as Reply All or were hosted by any of the names I gave him. I began to wonder what obscure time or day this broadcast was transmitted and if it ever was transmitted on the Chicago area affiliate.

It was autumn when I eventually spoke with Sruthi Pinnamaneni. Unbeknownst to me, the business card she sent had her own cell phone number on it and she asked if I could call her back at the studio. I informed her that this would necessitate having the new number approved and then entered into the prison's collect call system provider. She then would have to set up a new prepaid account with Securus. Instead, we just spoke on her cell phone and this is when I first learned she was not a reporter or host of a NPR program. In fact, her show was not even broadcast on the radio but the Internet. I had never heard of a podcast before and she had to explain it. Later, I asked a guard if he ever heard of a podcast. He said yes, but never listened to any. They were a low budget way for anyone to gain a public audience. My cellmate commented that the "news reporter" may actually be a pretender operating out of her basement. Maybe, he jested, she was just a blog fan.

In my subsequent conversations with Sruthi, I did sense she was intrigued by my blog. We spoke at length about how it was created, some of the posts and why I wrote them, as well as why I ceased to write them. She was very friendly and I liked to occasionally joke with her although she often missed my flat humor. I sensed the host of Reply All was an amateur and did not quite know what would be the focus of her narrative. I agreed to work with her to produce one half-hour program about the blog that would also lightly cover my life and injustice. Somewhere along the line, she or her colleagues at Reply All had different ideas. Possibly, their objective was malicious from the beginning.

With a name like Sruthi Pinnamaneni, I knew she was an East Indian before I called her. I was surprised when she didn't have that unique accent I encountered before my arrest when 7-11 employees took my order and inquired if I wanted a Slurpy. She said the reason she was without an accent was because she wasn't an East Indian but a South Indian. Sruthi was from Hyderabad, India. I never heard of anyone claim to be a South Indian and it amused me. In the U.S. there are only American Indians or Eastern Indians. This is how Americans distinguish between the natives and those actually from India. In jest, I inquired if she was a South American native. Maybe, I mused, she was a descendant of the Inca peoples. From then on I referred to her as a South Indian and that is where the short clip of me saying she was a South Indian socialist and Gandhi supporter in the first episode came from.

Most of our conversations occurred during the early part of the tumultuous Republican presidential primary. Much to Sruthi's displeasure, I spoke glowingly of Donald Trump. The style and messaging of his campaign was phenomenal.  It was not that of a polished career politician, but unfiltered, bold, and nationalistic. He exuded strength and leadership. His business acumen was also in dire need in the U.S.  Barack Obama's 8 year tenure had doubled the debt and led to anemic economic growth. America had the lowest workforce participation rate since the Great Depression and those with jobs had seen wages decline. In contrast, Donald Trump had turned a million dollars into over a billion dollar real estate empire. He also had a unique and brilliant prescription for decreased employment and earnings. All the Republican candidates supported lower taxes and government, however, Trump saw how international free trade agreements were harmful. He advocated for better trade agreements which put America and American workers first. The disaster of a Obama-Clinton foreign policy was obvious to all Republicans. Yet, again, Donald Trump deviated from the pack. He sought a policy where America's military and alliance network served real politik interests. Finally, Trump unabashedly rejected an open-borders cosmopolitan state overrun by foreigners, drugs, and terrorism. To me, the most dangerous existential threat to the U.S. is not Russia, China, N. Korea, or ISIS. It is the crumbling of the racial and cultural center of America. A house divided cannot stand. "Make America great again" is a powerfully appealing motto.

Sruthi Pinnamaneni loathed Donald Trump. She is a left-wing liberal who had spent most of her career advocating when possible for socialist and humanitarian causes. She was born in India but had traveled a lot eventually finding comfort in the polygot metropolis of New York City. She is a globalist and fails to see the importance of national sovereignty or U.S. exceptionalism. In fact, she once told me she thinks of all borders around the world as lines in the sand. Compare this with "I'm building a wall!" or Donald Trump's immigration stance which the East Indian reporter could be directly affected by. She is not a U.S. citizen and has two anchor babies. The podcast briefly mentions our political discourse, however, there were a number of heated arguments which at times led to her bitterly ending the conversation.

Considering Sruthi Pinnamaneni was creating the podcast, people may think it was unwise or even foolish for me to have such abrasive debates. However, I am not good at being anyone except my authentic self. As is mentioned in episode 1 of the podcast, I find most people as duplicitous. In contrast, I don't put on facades. Sruthi wanted a story about the blog and the blog is me and a quintessential part of me is my politics. I grew up fondly in the era of Ronald Reagan and quickly became a staunch paleoconservative. I believe strongly in rugged individualism, liberty, and nationalism. In my first and only election, I voted for the anti-establishment businessman Ross Perot over George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton because of his economic and America 1st messaging including his vehement opposition to NAFTA. Jeb Bush has been rejected and Americans have a chance to choose another Clinton or a new path. It is a monumental decision in the fate of this nation and more important I thought than my blog. Later, however, Reply All would change its focus to my criminal conviction.
To be continued.....

50 comments:

  1. OMG I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK.

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  2. Get back to tales of orange crush security details and stories about all the whackos locked up in there with you. We like the gritty drama of your life in prison.

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    1. Agree! Paul, many of us know people who are in jail or prison. Your blog gave us insights that we'd never have without you sharing what its really like.

      I didn't like those podcasts, and felt you and your family were misled to believe it would be helpful in showing your innocence. Yes, that backfired, but your blog is so interesting and I believe is 100% truth. Please continue "telling it like it is" for us?

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    2. Paul, listen to us. You are a brilliant writer. There's no one else in the U.S. Prison system today that can write like you do. Your work is utterly riveting. I am a professor who teaches writing at a major ivy league school. Your work needs to be published as a book. Keep writing you man. Keep writing.

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    3. What ?!?!?!!

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    4. No one who's a professor at an Ivy League school describes himself as "a professor who teaches writing at a major ivy league school" or uses sentences like
      "Keep writing you man". That sounds fishy, at least to me (and I actually am a professor at a major university).

      What you wrote sounds like "I am an important NBA player who very frequently slam dunks the basketball". It's hard to imagine a real NBA player saying that.

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  3. We missed you, Terminator.

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  4. Word of the day: acumen.

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  5. It was good to hear what you sound like.

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  6. With all you went through with your arrest and trial, you should know that reporters , cops, and judges can twist words and situations to suit their own purposes. But shame on the podcasters! #disabledlivesmatter

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  7. It's too bad she duped you. I have no doubt, that every convo you had with her was recorded. I do not believe that her original intention was to judge your case. I believe that after the other "staffers" heard the recordings, they saw a front page story. It was "hers" so she was the sacrificial lamb.

    What puzzles me, how was she/they able to find people willing to discuss the case with? And why are they talking about the case so freely? Sadly, I think her interview with your co-defendant, and you happened in less than 24 hours.

    It bothered me to listen to the podcast, and the direction "they" pushed it.

    I knew you from Westmont. I remember the incident that was mentioned. How was a juvenile issue brought into your trial? Why would you discuss it almost 20 years later?

    Dammit Paul, you said something during the interview, that for me, hurt, rather than helped your cause.

    One thing I will say, your mom believed this woman, you believed this woman, you asked your mother to talk to her. Don't take it out on her.

    And FYI, I haven't talked to your mother since South School. Does Forzley still live in your childhood home?

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    1. It was brought up at sentencing hearings in which they can pretty much say anything without normal rules of court applying And judge takes that into account for sentencing. It's supposed to judge if a person can possibly be rehabilitated or if they would be continued threat to society. They need to be regulated more because a DA can bring in anyone willing to speak. A kid you hit in kindergarten and got a time out for can come in and talk about your "violent tendencies" starting at an early age.

      I re-listened to it and Paul said way too much to her. Nothing incriminating but too much that she could pick out details she wanted for her show.
      Bob can talk about case all he wants, he can even confess to murdering Dean alone with no consequences as he was acquitteda and double jeopardy applies. (Maybe a perjury charge and civil suit but nothing for murder) and cops and DA's want to defend their work.
      Even if it's not the best.

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    2. I also think Sruthi wanted To cash in on Serial (someone please explain or play Serial to Paul as I know these comments are printed for him. Adnan got a new trial! His case is very similar to yours. So there is hope even if you can't see it Paul.) but claim she got "a confession" but it's not at all.

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    3. I bet it wasn't Faraci but rather a poser.

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    4. I read an article on the internet that included a photo of Faraci. No way! (Perhaps it was his grade school picture!) At the time of the trial (over 20 years ago) he was very short, a bit chubby and going bald. Even if he had some hairs implanted, the photo Sruthi used is not him. By now he is much older and probably almost bald.
      I think reporters pick and choose photos: if they like you they'll use one of your best but if they don't they'll make sure to use one of your worst!
      Sruthi used Paul's prison mug shot and used what probably was a Faraci's 8th grade picture. Talk about being biased!

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    5. Perhaps she has a work visa? Obama seems to be allowing illegal parents to live here if they have a child who was born here. This encourages a lot of pregnant women from Mexico to cross the border illegally.

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    6. Lol she couldn't show pictures of him when he was arrested because of how cute he was. He honestly looked a bit like Chris Evans. Rebecca Lavoie said "he looks more like the actor cast to play the part in the movie about him"

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  8. I am so happy to see you writing especially in response to this. Is Sruthi truly not a citizen without a green card? Maybe we should call immigration on her

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    1. I doubt she's illegal. By the way, "anchor baby" is a derogatory term.

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    2. I've heard that term on several television programs and I thought it meant that a parent or parents were allowed to live here even though they themselves were not citizens. How is that derogatory?

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    3. No it's not derogatory in general. If you said to someone's face they were an anchor baby then maybe...but it's a reach

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  9. What a shame the intelligence of this man is being wasted in our country's disgusting prison system.
    #freepaul

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    1. Not to mention that he had just turned 18 years old when the Faraci's told lies to police that got him arrested!
      What still troubles me is the fact that the police at the Palatine Task Force actually believed Faraci even though he failed a lie detector test.
      They had to have been under a lot of pressure to solve the Brown's Chicken murders, but that doesn't absolve them from guilt for wrongly accusing you.

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  10. Paul, I wrote to Dateline on NBC asking them
    To look into your case. Obviously they'd need your consent and I don't know if you ever watch it but I think they do an amazing job of presenting both sides of the case most the time. Any exposure will help get it to people who can actually help. A potential alibi witness and lawyers who looked over case files for free and out of their own interest were found because of Serial and Adnan Syed had his sentence vacated and was granted a new trial. It can happen.

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    1. Let's all write to Dateline.

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  11. Glad you are back Paul. You should do more radio press and podcasts. It can't hurt. I listened to the show on the NPR website link. You have a unique sounding voice.

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  12. https://medium.com/@dathowitzer/forget-did-he-could-he-4fc9c48df379#.nagy52ycz

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  13. Did she really talk to Farci and McKay or were those actors?

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  14. You should run for public office once you are pardoned and exonerated and released -- and that will happen soon. You are very articulate and intelligent and your political commentary is highly insightful and spot on. You'd make a great Senator.

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    1. I'm glad Paul is backJuly 23, 2016 at 7:44 PM

      Prisoners can be elected. They just cannot, obviously, serve the term they are elected to. It may give Modrowski the publicity he needs, though.

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  15. He should run for public office now! There's no law that says an incarcerated man cannot run for office. Would he be able to serve in Congress? Obviously not while he's incarcerated. But it would bring a lot of publicity to his case. Do it Paul. Do it.

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  16. I'm glad Paul is backJuly 23, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    https://www.quora.com/Can-prisoners-run-for-president

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  17. Actually he should run for President. Don't laugh. I think he could win.

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  18. Paul for mayor of Stateville Correctional!!!

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  19. Paul it's really good to hear you again! I am a libertarian. I am not like a traditional liberal since I am against abortion and I am in extreme support of the 2nd Amendment Kama even Beyond the famed Alex Jones.

    However, I believe that instead of bailing out Wall Street tycoons, the government should be giving back the money to its tax paying citizens in the form of education and health care since
    American benefit greatly from a new genreration of an educated Workforce.

    I also have autism and I can conclude that you were put into jail you could discrimination against Autism.

    I am considering becoming an Autism rights activists.

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  20. Trump could appoint Paul to a cabinet position. Maybe Trump could also issue him a presidential pardon.

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    1. Can the president pardon state inmates?

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    2. Presidents cannot.

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  21. A presidential pardon is really what's called for. He should write Obama or whoever the next President is. He would need to lay it all out concisely so they could understand it all.

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    1. POTUS can't pardon state convict.

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  22. Paul you need to get back in the game. You need to start blogging again after that disastrous podcast series. You really need to lay it all out so we can understand how all of that went so poorly for you.

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  24. Geologically speaking, all borders ARE lines in the sand. Borders are NOT the result of evolution.

    But otherwise, I agree with Paul.

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  25. Please sign this petition to free 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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  26. Also, you can write to the Alex Jones Show and Tell Alex Jones of what has happened to you and very likely due to your similar political beliefs she will support you, especially because of the Injustice he suffered.

    Even though I don't agree with all of Alex's Jones views I think the best show out there for That you will love is Alex Jones and Infowars. The show airs on radio 1530 AM from 11:00 AM to 3:00 P.M. CDT

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  27. As an addendum to my previous comment, please have Paul write the petition himself. He's a much more articulate, organized, & grammatically correct writer. As much as I'm behind Paul to win his freedom, I couldn't sign my name to something that looked like a 4th grader had written it. If I can't, as a layman, take it seriously, there's no way a governor will. It'll never make it past his secretary. Put up a petition worth being taken seriously & the signatures will come. I know mine will.
    And as for those not familiar with this blog, the backstory accompanying the petition may be all they really have to go on to form an opinion. Please rewrite it also. Including a link to this blog might also be helpful.

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  28. Paul. Listen to Sheila Logminas.

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  29. paul loved your blog.hope you get home someday.

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