THE 1988 FIREFIGHTERS' DEATHS
Did pressure lead to lies and unjust convictions?
Numerous witnesses say testimony was coerced, and another witness now says a guard who was working security at the explosion site implicated herself 20 years ago.
1988 FIREFIGHTER DEATHS
Carie Neighbors said they threatened to take away her son. Jerry Rooks said they warned him he’d get a stiffer jail sentence. Alan Bethard said they charged him with a more serious crime.
After a jury convicted Richard Brown in 1997 for his role in the deaths of six Kansas City firefighters, Linda Peak says she lost faith in the judicial system.
Twenty years after six firefighters died in a massive explosion — and more than a decade after five defendants were sentenced to life for the crime — the U.S. attorney has requested an independent review of the case.
Defense attorneys say they were never given key evidence that could have helped five defendants convicted in the 1988 explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters.