About the story:
The letters that became a documentary movie
I met Eric in 1998 when I was hired by his attorney to investigate his case. Eric was accused of killing another young man in a dispute in Oakland, California. By this time in my career I had begun seriously questioning the way society views and addresses criminality. Eric’s case weighed on my conscience.
Eric plead guilty to second-degree murder in 2001 and was sentenced to 15 years to life. He wrote and thanked me for the two years of work I’d put in on his case. He also asked if I wouldn’t mind corresponding with him.
We've been writing to each other ever since.
Producer/director: Lauren Hatvany
Camera: Chuck Hudina
Camera on James Gilligan interview: Dave Tumblety
Additional camera: Lauren Hatvany
Editing: Lauren Hatvany, Scott Powell, ACE
Re-recording mixer: Matt Temple
Web production: Bjarke Myrthu, Pete Barr-Watson and Justin Yeo, Storyplanet.
Uncle Marty, Church Audio Post
Sergeant Tim Nolan
Sergeant Donald Williams
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