The Innocent Man Setting & Symbolism

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Ada, Oklahoma

Ada is a small town in Oklahoma. It was originally developed alongside a growing oil drilling industry in the area, but its economy later transitioned to be sustained mostly by factory work. In 1982 and 1984, two different young women in Ada were murdered. The Ada police proceeded to coerce false confessions from innocent men regarding these murders. The court trials then proceeded in unjust and illegal manners. Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were falsely convicted of one murder, while Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot were falsely convicted of the other.

Oklahoma State Penitentiary

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary is a maximum security prison located in McAlester, Oklahoma. After being falsely convicted of murder, Ron Williamson, Tommy Ward, and Karl Fontenot were given the death sentence and were transferred to death row at Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The conditions there were horribly inhumane, and Ron’s physical and mental health...

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