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Death Row Stories – Season 1 (2014)
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Death Row Stories – Season 1 (2014)

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CNN is by and large still a cable news outlet, but a movement under the leadership of network president Jeff Zucker to provide more alternative, entertainment-based programming is clearly afoot, and “Death Row Stories” is a prime example. The eight-part documentary — the result of a collaboration with Academy Award-winning directors Robert Redford (“Ordinary People”) and Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) — revisits compelling capital murder cases in the U.S., detailing the twists and turns involved in each as a thought-provoking exercise on the death penalty and the American justice system. “Dead Man Walking” Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is the narrator. Redford’s Sundance Productions also partnered with CNN for the documentary series “Chicagoland.

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Episode 1: “Innocence and the Intern”

Capital-murder cases are examined in this documentary series. First up: The case of Edward Lee Elmore is recalled. Elmore was convicted in 1982 for sexually assaulting and murdering a woman in Greenwood, S.C., and was released from prison in 2012.

Edwar Lee Elmore: Free after 29 years on Death Row @ crimetraveller

Episode 2: “Ride to the Rescue”

Examining the case of Gloria Killian, who was convicted of a 1981 murder and served more than 16 years in prison before being exonerated in 2002.

Gloria Killian @ The Story

Episode 3: “Blood & Water”

Examining the case of Joe D’Ambrosio, who was falsely convicted of a 1988 murder and served more than 20 years on Ohio’s death row before being freed.

Former death row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio, finally free, speaks out: Regina Brett @

Episode 4: “Killer Cop”

The case of James Duckett, who was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, is examined.

James Duckett @ Murderpedia

Episode 5: “Rough Justice in the Big Easy”

Examining the case of John Thompson, who was convicted in 1985 for a murder he did not commit.

John Thompson @ The Story

Episode 6: “Kris Maharaj: Murder in Miami”

The case of Kris Maharaj, who was convicted of a 1987 double homicide that he claims he did not commit, is examined.

Kris Maharaj @ Wikipedia

Kris Maharaj @ Murderpedia

Episode 7: “Double Jeopardy”

The case of Timothy Hennis, an Army sergeant who was found guilty of the murders of his wife and two children, but later appealed his conviction in light of new evidence.

The Eastburn Family Murders and The Three Trials of Staff Sergeant Tim Hennis @

Episode 8: “Eye for an Eye”

The case of Nathan Dunlop, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 murders of four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora, Colo.

Nathan Dunlop @ Murderpedia

1993 Aurora shooting @ Wikipedia

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