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Residual Smoke and Mirrors…

In lieu of the current wildfires in Alberta, Canada, I sent a message of concern regarding the safety of my new friend and colleague, Lorraine Dmitrovic, who resides in Ontario. Lorraine responded by saying that her area was seeing something resembling residual smoke from the Province that is engulfed in the actual flames.


Joan Van Houten

Lorraine co-hosts an Ontario based podcast called, The Ultimate Movies Broadcast Show. She invited Joan Van Houten and me onto her show recently as a follow-up to a previous interview she did with Mark Saxenmeyer, CEO of The Reporter’s Inc, about an upcoming wrongful conviction documentary he is producing called, The Innocent Convicts (which will include the Wisconsin Monfils case). With Joan being the step-daughter of Michael Johnson, one of the six men convicted in this case that is still incarcerated, and me, an advocate on Johnson’s behalf, Lorraine wanted us to inform her audience of our advocacy in the case.


Joan Treppa


Each interview that Joan and I do reflects back, giving a mirrored image of the infinite devastation that befell countless innocent lives, in the wake of this flawed case. Our goal is to reach new audiences, to educate, inspire, and caution, about the prevalence of wrongful convictions within our society. With a record breaking 151 exonerations in 2015, an average of 3 per week, this issue is slowly becoming less obscure, as the number of exonerations surpasses those of previous years, and as news reports continue to unveil additional stories of innocence.



My husband and I awoke this morning to a definite haze, as described by Lorraine, that ironically traveled both from Canada and from a small town just north of us-Bemidji, Minnesota. I likened this phenomenon to the Monfils case, a travesty of injustice with its vagueness, incomplete and questionable gaps that failed to bring clarity to the resulting death of the deceased victim. Expectations were placed on a dazed jury, forcing them to reflect on evidence that amounted to nothing more than a smoke screen. Their decision to convict these six innocent men leaves us all in a cloud of residual smoke that lingers to this day…

Smokey sunrise over Laddie Lake 5-7-16

Smokey sunrise over Laddie lake

Here is the full 54-minute interview with Lorraine Dmitrovic.


A Live Blog Talk Radio Broadcast…

I’m posting a link to a live broadcast that will air today at 3 pm CST.  For a second time, I will be a guest on The Naked Talk with my friend Alex Okoroji from Lagos, Nigeria.

On the show, I will share updates about the Wisconsin Monfils case. The show will also feature former guest, life coach and author, Nina Bingham. Nina will help out with a discussion about social issues; bullying and suicide-hot button topics related to wrongful convictions and to our society in general.

Also on the show, is friend and colleague, Joan Van Houten. Posted here is a link to a story Joan has written about her personal tragedy of having a loved one targeted (in the Monfils case) for a faulty conviction.

My friend and Minneapolis colleague Mark Saxenmeyer will be a call-in guest to talk about his company, The Reporters Inc.

Mark will share his interest of including the Monfils case involving Joan’s stepfather in a documentary he is currently producing called, The Innocent Convicts. This documentary will be completed in 2017 and will appear on numerous PBS stations across the country. This is big news for supporters of the five Wisconsin men in this case as we advance in our fight to free all of them.

I hope that you will listen in.

As always, I am grateful for your interest in my mission and wish you all the best in the New Year!

Picking Up Speed…

I’m sharing some exciting developments related to my mission of creating awareness about the wrongfully convicted.

I invite you to take a look at this website called, The Reporters Inc. It’s owned by a new friend I met just this year, Mark Saxenmeyer. Mark is the CEO of this Minneapolis, Minnesota based nonprofit journalistic production company which focuses on producing independent documentaries dealing with social change and justice.

Mark is currently producing a feature documentary that addresses the issues surrounding wrongful convictions called, The Innocent Convicts. The film examines how wrongful convictions occur by highlighting numerous actual cases. This film will contain a multitude of interviews including staff members from the Innocence Project of Minnesota and a handful of Minnesota and Wisconsin exonerees. It will also contain information and interviews with those involved in the Wisconsin Monfils case.

Mark generously asked me to write an article for his website for the month of November to accompany this documentary. The project was fun and gave me a chance to get used to and prepare for the editing process for my upcoming book, Reclaiming Lives; Pursuing Justice for six innocent men.

Stay tuned…