source: Vanity Fair
published: 17 May 2019
In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy-metal devotee, for killing his three daughters in a case of arson. But as numerous investigations and news articles have uncovered, he likely didn’t commit the crime.
Academy Award-winning director Ed Zwick joins Nick Bilton to talk about his new film, Trial by Fire, and explain how broken death row is, after over a hundred people have been exonerated post-death for crimes they didn’t commit.
Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 after he was convicted of killing his three children by arson at his family’s home in Corsicana. A new film about the case highlights the controversial suppression of evidence that could’ve proved Willingham’s innocence. It’s called “Trial By Fire,” and its director, Edward Zwick, joins guest host Courtney Collins to talk about why the story still has people talking more than a decade after Willingham’s execution.