An old-time reporter takes everything we now know about the so-called "Innocence Project" and the crooked Medill "School" of "Journalism and writes a hell of a book about it all:
- Well, unfortunately for Northwestern, the Chicago Tribune, and the entire machine that helped free Porter, there is still one true journalist in Chicago.
His name is Bill Crawford. About five years ago, Crawford, a retired Chicago Tribune reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize, smelled a rat in the Porter case. He sat down with two retired ATF agents, now private investigators, Jim Delordo and John Mezzola, and went through the documents, transcripts, and facts of the case step by step. It immediately became clear to Crawford that the Porter exoneration was a criminal conspiracy.
Crawford typed up a long article about the evidence that Porter was guilty and Simon was wasting away in prison.
Naive on just how much Chicago had changed in the years since Crawford had retired, Crawford thought that the local media would certainly want to review his article, right? Certainly the Tribune and the Sun Times would give it front page coverage? Perhaps there was another Pulitzer Prize in store for Crawford.