Archive for December, 2013

USA Today and Time Magazine on the San Antonio Four and the Kellers

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

“This is not just a Texas problem. This is happening all over the country,” Saloom said. “Texas just happens to be a leader in its willingness to reconsider convictions based on such evidence.”

USA Today

The women, along with another on parole, and the Kellers have been professing their innocence in separate cases for almost two decades. Thanks to the nation’s first law recognizing advances in forensic science, they are out of prison with a chance at exoneration.

Time Magazine

Some Press About the Release of the Kellers and the San Antonio Four

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Fran and Dan Keller. Photo by Debbie Nathan

“Debbie Nathan – with Michael Snedeker, the author of Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt (1995) – chronicled the nationwide hysteria that produced the widespread “satanic ritual” prosecutions, among them the Keller case. Her continuing work with the National Center for Reason and Justice has helped many others accused in similar circumstances.”

Point Austin: A Taste of Freedom from the Austin Chronicle

‘Ritual Abuse,’ the San Antonio Four, and Public Hysteria by NCRJ Director Debbie Nathan

Punishment Without Crime by NCRJ Director Judith Levine

Texas pair released after serving 21 years for ‘satanic abuse’ from The Guardian

Please Send a Holiday Card to a Prisoner

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Every year I send out this list of prisoners, hoping that they will receive some holiday cards. Most of the people on this list are innocent; some are not. But all are deserving of kindness.

This year I was very pleased to remove six people no longer in prison — the San Antonio Four and Dan and Fran Keller.

But it made me very sad to have to add the name of Joseph Allen, who has spent the last four Christmases in freedom. I especially hope that joseph gets some nice cards this year.

In any case, here is the list. Please let me know if there are corrections I should make.