Videos

Below is a series of videos related to the Benjamin LaGuer case.

 
This report by Dan Rea, winner of the Mass Bar Association's first Excellence in Journalism award, aired on WBZ on December 11, 2001, soon after the missing fingerprint report was found. The following March the DNA test came back seeming to implicate LaGuer. That DNA result has since been called into serious question. Now the courts are being asked to reconsider the verdict in light of the late disclosure of this highly exculpatory fingerprint evidence.

 
 
Award winning WHDH-TV investigative reporter Hank Phillipi Ryan did several reports on the LaGuer case in the 1980s and early 1990's. Here she tries to get into the minds of the jurors. She talks to juror William Nowick who said other members of the panel made bigoted remarks about LaGuer before and during deliberations. He also tells Phillipi Ryan that he voted to convict solely based on the victim's identification of LaGuer from the witness stand.
 
Phillipi Ryan Part 1

 
 
Phillipi Ryan Part 2

 
 
Boston University Chancelor Emeritus and one time Democratic candidate for governor John Silber held a wide ranging discussion with WGBH's Emily Rooney just before LaGuer's June 2003 parole hearing. Broken down into three parts, here it is:
 
Silber Part 1

 
 
Silber Part 2

 
 
Silber Part 3

 
 
In the early 1990's Daisy Olivera had a news and information show called Urban Update. She also had a Spanish language show called Hispanic Magazine. She covered LaGuer's case on both. Below is a 1994 prison interview she did with LaGuer as the set up for a panel discussion in which Patricia O'Neill, LaGuer's appellate lawyer at the time, former FBI agent Richard Slowe and civil rights lawyer Francisco Gonzalez discussed the case. This interview, broken down into four parts, gives a sense of LaGuer's personality. He had been in prison for 10 years at that point. Now it's 23 years and counting.
 
Olivera Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4

 
 
 

 
 
Former FBI agent and investigative attorney Richard Slowe talked with Daisy Olivera in the early 1990s. His examination of how the police handled the investigation of the crime LaGuer was convicted of led him to believe that it was sloppy to the point of being unjust.

 
 
Robert Terk, then a Fitchburg attorney and now an assistant registrar of probate in Worcester County, took on the role of pro bono legal advisor in LaGuer's attempt to overturn the verdict leading up to a May 1989 hearing. In this excerpt from a Spanish language documentary he and LaGuer point up some of the problems with the conviction. At the time, LaGuer was in the medium security state penitentiary in Gardner.