Jennifer Thompson lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform, and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, the Constitution Project, and Mothers for Justice.
Ronald Cotton lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina and currently works at an insulation plant. He has spoken at various schools and conferences including Washington and Lee University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Georgetown Law School, and the Community March for Justice for Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, GA.
Erin Torneo is a writer who divides her time between Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY. She was a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellow.
Torneo wrote the story based on Jennifer’s and Ronald’s recollection, aided by notes, letters, and other personal documents.
Writing a book about events spanning about twenty-five years posed a challenge because of the fallibility of memory.