Seventeen years ago, Cleveland Bynum twice admitted to committing a gruesome quintuple murder, and was sentenced to 300 years in prison. In 2014, another confession from beyond the grave cast doubt on his guilt. Now, one of the city’s grittiest wrongful conviction lawyers, Fran Watson, is unearthing new evidence that raises the question: If a dead man can’t save Cleveland Bynum, can anyone?
They were neighborly gay men known to help strangers in need. And when they were murdered, friends and activists believed it had been because of their sexuality. But now officials say the accused was actually their onetime friend—motivated by greed.