Dana December Smith (2004)

dana december smith

In 2004 I was a reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail in the capital city of West Virginia. When needed, I was asked to be the photographer for other reporters’ stories. For one story, I was asked to go with a reporter to the Mount Olive maximum security prison to interview Dana December Smith. Thirteen years earlier, Smith had been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering a mother and her daughter. The story was about how Smith had discovered evidence proving his innocence, and I simply photographed him in a room in the prison explaining this to the reporter. Based on a web search, Smith is still in prison today, and still maintains his innocence.

(Pardon the quality of the image, which was taken on a Nikon D1 and poorly preserved as a JPEG over the last 10 years.)

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