Reclaiming Lives


The Brown County Library in Green Bay is now carrying three copies of my book. A recent article in the Green Bay Press Gazette reviewed the book along with two others. The review for Reclaiming Lives which I’ve posted below was quite complimentary!

“Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men” by Joan Treppa

“Tom Monfils died at his job at the James River Paper Mill in Green Bay in 1992. Was he murdered by six of his co-workers or did he commit suicide? At the resulting trial, those six men were convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and sentenced to life in prison, but Treppa argues they were wrongfully convicted. In subsequent years, two of the men have been released, but the other four are still serving their sentences while they petition the court for release. This self-published title follows Treppa, a social justice advocate, from when she heard about this story and details her attempts and efforts to get these men exonerated. She works closely with the authors of “The Monfils Conspiracy” and, although that title would add background to this book, it’s not necessary to read it first. Treppa’s enthusiasm and passion is evident, and readers not familiar with this case will become captivated.”

Read entire article here.

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This book is the result of my participation in a recent movement to correct a tragic decades old criminal court case from 1995 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Told from my non-legal perspective, it addresses true events and real people whose lives were thrown into chaos when, in October of 1995, six murder convictions befell six innocent men. The path of devastation that ensued has continued to plague these men, their families, and the surrounding community–all of whom have never fully recovered from the fallout.

In 2009, a book titled The Monfils Conspiracy was published which details facts of the case along with alternative scenarios of what may have happened. A copy was given to me by one of its authors. It sparked within me, an emotional connection with the victims, a mission to help….to protect…and a fierce determination to find legal assistance for the convicted men. As a result, others eventually climbed on board and a new legal battle ensued. Hope was restored in the process to the many innocent victims affected. This story is about justice, but more importantly, it is about the perseverance and courage of the human spirit. And it shows how never giving in to what is, opens doors to what can be…

Something not included in this book is a poem I wrote for one of our Walks for Truth and Justice held in Green Bay on October 28th-the day in 1995 when all six men were convicted of first degree intentional homicide, party to a crime. In February of 2017, I submitted it to the website of the Innocence Project in New York City for poetry month so that more people might enjoy it. It was generously shared on social media and reached over one million people.

The Cleansing of Rain  by: Joan Treppa 

Feel the rain

Soothe our pain

With each new drop

Please make it stop


And with the chill

We seek goodwill

In loving faces

And warm embraces


Much time is lost

At a great cost

See not the changed

But what’s been gained


As time is molded

A future unfolded

Of what’s been started,

Not of which is departed


The truth is nigh

Let gones be bye

Open thine eyes

To accept this prize

Let the souls be free

Of the forgotten we


But let us pray

For those astray

In the dawning of this bright new day

That their hearts be cleansed

As they make amends


For their truths have faltered

With lives forever altered

In the dawning of this bright new day 

Let us pray… 

I received this very special Mother’s Day card in 2017 from my son, Jared. He designed it himself, using a photo he took of a Tiger Lilly. He then composed this poem with words and phrases taken from my book…

This thoughtful and clever card was sent to me from a person I write to who is also in prison for a crime (unrelated to the Monfils case) that he did not commit:


My life is blessed. My needs are met. And my only wish is for the same for all of humanity…