Vernon has received hundreds of emails in the last few days. Some are kind and thoughtful, some are genuinely inquisitive, some are angry and hateful, some are ill-informed, some are incoherent, and some are spam.
It will be a few days before I receive Vernon’s replies to these messages in the mail. In the meanwhile, I’ll be posting some of the emails that are catching my eye here.
Around noon today, Vernon’s email account (which I maintain, as he doesn’t have internet access) received a message from Kirk Bloodsworth. Mr. Bloodsworth spent eight years on Maryland’s death row before he was exonerated in 1993. Mr. Bloodsworth was the first death row inmate in the United States to be proven innocent based on D.N.A. evidence. Here’s is his message to Vernon:
JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I REMEMBER YOU WHEN I WAS THERE AND TONIGHT IM SUPPOSED TO SPEAK AT A CHURCH ON YOUR BEHALF.
I HOPE YOUR WELL I KNOW ITS TOUGH FOR YOU MAN. I KNOW ITS HARD BUT KEEP LOOKING UP. I WROTE GOV EHRLICH A LETTER TO GRANT YOU CLEMENCY THEY TOLD ME WAS GOING TO LOOK INTO IT? IVE BEEN OUT FOR 13YEARS NOW AND MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I HOPE I CAN HELP IN SOME SMALL WAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS...
WITH YOU IN SPIRIT