James Small lives with his grandmother in the projects uptown. So one night she asked him to go the store to get a few items. She gave him the money.
On the way outside he met on the stairs his friend Herbie. So they both went to the store. He made his purchase, and he got two Coca Colas, one for himself and the other for his friend.
They took his grandmother her stuff, and told her they were going for a walk in Central Park. So she said, “Go ahead, but remember that tomorrow is a school day.”
He said, “Yes.”
They started to walk in the Park, and had got about a quarter of a mile. They saw a man running towards them. He ran into the bushes to avoid them. They thought nothing of it, so they continued their conversation about basketball.
All of a sudden they saw a pair of headlights coming towards them. It was a police car. So it stopped. Two cops got out and started frisking them. Then they handcuffed them and threw them in the back seat of the squad car. They drove further into the park, where they saw an EMS van with a woman, who had been bleeding, with the EMS workers attending to her.
So they pushed the workers aside, grabbed James by the arm, and asked her, “Is it him?”
She pointed at James, and said, “Yes, that is the one who raped me.”
Both boys were arrested that same night. James’s grandma was called, and she went to the station house about 3 in the morning. There was no bail for them. They stayed in jail for about three months before there was a trial.
All this time Grandmother knew he was innocent. She stood by her grandchild and his friend. DNA from the scene, the DA said, could not be found. There was DNA from the boys taken after, but none available from the victim from the night of the crime.
My question to you is, what do you think happened to the DNA?
By the way, the boys were freed, finally, not because there was no evidence, but because earlier that night the police arrested a man walking suspiciously down 5th Avenue, who had scratch marks all over his face. He could not account for how he got them.
IT WAS THE VICTIM’S EX-BOYFRIEND.
As usual, fact, or fiction.
I asked you before, what did you think happened to the DNA?
Give up? This is my story, and I’m going to tell you my version.
When the cops saw the man walking very fast down 5th Avenue, they stopped him and they noticed scratches on his face. He broke down and said he was on his way to his friend, a doctor, to get a tetanus shot, because he just raped his ex-girlfriend in Central Park.
In other words he was confessing to the crime. They arrested him before they put him in the squad car.
They called it in. At the station house the Lieutenant who took the called told his Captain they had a problem. The Captain said, “How do?” The Lieutenant replied, “Because we arrested two teenagers for the same crime.”
The Captain said, “How can that be?”
The Lieutenant replied, “EMS was in the area when the officers came upon the boys. Captain, what are we going to do, Sir?”
The Captain’s response was, “Nothing. We will wait and see what happens.”
The Lieutenant said, “Captain…”
Before the Lieutenant could get out another word, the Captain said, “When the crime scene evidence comes in, bring it to me. I will lock it in my drawer.”
“What about the two boys?”
The Captain said, “They are our guests until the trial. Remember, our guests, give them whatever they want. Leave the cell door open, but they cannot leave until the trial.”
“Captain, this is not good.”
“Lieutenant, that is why I am the Captain. There you have it.”
– George Cousins