Life in prison made falsely-accused Milgaard question own innocence

Canadian falsely-accused inmate David Milgaard spent more than two decades behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. The insight into Milgaard's psychological state came at an inquiry into Milgaard's wrongful conviction in April, 2006, in which he testified in a video conference from his home in Vancouver. Under the assumption that Milgaard was a murderer, correctional staff diagnosed him with various psychological problems. "Is it possible I was guilty?" he asked, saying that years after his conviction, Milgaard felt he was "just really messed up mentally."

Milgaard was convicted in 1969 for raping and murdering nursing aid Gail Miller in Saskatoon. This was when he was only 16 years old, and passing through Saskatoon on a road trip with friends who would later testify against Milgaard and contribute to his conviction. One friend, Albert Cadrain, originally told investigators that he had seen blood on Milgaard's shirt in the morning of the murder.

In 1997, however, DNA evidence came back that cleared Milgaard of the charges, instead implicating serial rapist Larry Fisher, who is now in his late-fifties, having spent half his life in prison, and who also insists that he never killed Gail Miller. Fisher lived in the same neighborhood as Miller, was speculated to have taken the same bus as her, and is an admitted rapist, but denies committing the murder.


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