Innocent Law Student Accused of Masterminding Murder
When two men were convicted of a murder, one lied about Gloria Killian being the criminal mastermind in order to receive a reduced sentence. Gloria served over sixteen years in prison for a murder she did not commit.
It began as a robbery. It ended in murder. A man dressed as a telephone repairman knocked at the door of coin collector Ed Davies. Once inside, the stranger and his partner pulled a gun on Davies and his wife, hogtied them and ransacked the Davies’ safes. After filling six suitcases with silver and gold coins, the criminals fatally shot Davies in the head twice and his wife once.
The police investigation intensified and through tips, the alleged killers were caught, tried and convicted. After sentencing, one criminal frantically tried to plea-bargain and told the prosecution that a third-year law student named Gloria Killian masterminded the crime. Zealously, the prosecutor went after her and, though she consistently proclaimed her innocence, Killian was tried and convicted.
FULL CIRCLE: The True Story of Murder, Lies and Vindication (New Horizon Press, April 2012) by Gloria Killian and Sandra Kobrin reveals the horrific murder, the shocking trials and how, ten years after Gloria’s conviction, an attorney found massive exculpatory evidence, hidden documents, prosecutorial misconduct and perjury pertaining to Killian’s case. During her time in prison, Gloria Killian became a jailhouse lawyer advocating for those unjustly convicted and for the humane treatment of women prisoners. Upon learning about the new evidence in her case, Killian’s own fight for freedom began.
FULL CIRCLE tells for the first time a riveting tale of a shocking murder that involves corruption, violence, lies, false accusations and death sentences. Relentless, exciting and gripping, this true story reveals how a life can be ruined in a split second. FULL CIRCLE makes the terrifying point that what happened to Killian can happen to anyone.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Gloria Killian was a third-year student at McGeorge Law School when she was convicted of murder. In prison, she became a jailhouse lawyer, creating, in conjunction with the University of Southern California, the first Law Project in a California women’s prison. Since her release, Killian has become a worldwide prison activist. She is the executive director of The Action Committee for Women in Prison. She hosts a weekly Internet radio show on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/
Sandra Kobrin is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and producer who has written for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as well as Newsday, ESPN and Women’s Day. She writes a nationally syndicated column for http://womensenews.org/
A True Story of Murder, Lies and Vindication
By Gloria Killian and Sandra Kobrin
New Horizon Press
$24.95 HC - 8 page photo insert