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 “If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.  When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.   This portrait is a part of a larger story,  Exonerated: Am I Really Free? , which was done for the Chicago Tribune.     

“If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.

When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.

This portrait is a part of a larger story, Exonerated: Am I Really Free?, which was done for the Chicago Tribune. 

 

 Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

 Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.

Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.


 Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

 The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

 Daniel Taylor, center, watches his nieces and nephews play in front of his Aunt Marie's house on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  Nearly all of his nieces and nephews were born during the twenty years he was incarcerated.  The Fourth of July, his sixth day of freedom, was the first time that he met all of them.  He said it was overwhelming to observe all of the life that he had missed on a holiday that celebrates freedom. 

Daniel Taylor, center, watches his nieces and nephews play in front of his Aunt Marie's house on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  Nearly all of his nieces and nephews were born during the twenty years he was incarcerated.  The Fourth of July, his sixth day of freedom, was the first time that he met all of them.  He said it was overwhelming to observe all of the life that he had missed on a holiday that celebrates freedom. 

  Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

  Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

 Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

 Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

 Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

 Hunter Comer prepares to pass the ball during practice.  He is the quarterback of the Henderson County High School varsity football team in Henderson, Ky.  He dreamed of becoming the varsity quarterback growing up because his father had also been Henderson County High School's varsity quarterback.

Hunter Comer prepares to pass the ball during practice.  He is the quarterback of the Henderson County High School varsity football team in Henderson, Ky.  He dreamed of becoming the varsity quarterback growing up because his father had also been Henderson County High School's varsity quarterback.

  Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

 Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

“If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.

When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.

This portrait is a part of a larger story, Exonerated: Am I Really Free?, which was done for the Chicago Tribune. 

 

Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  

Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.


Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 

The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  

Daniel Taylor, center, watches his nieces and nephews play in front of his Aunt Marie's house on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  Nearly all of his nieces and nephews were born during the twenty years he was incarcerated.  The Fourth of July, his sixth day of freedom, was the first time that he met all of them.  He said it was overwhelming to observe all of the life that he had missed on a holiday that celebrates freedom. 

Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 

Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.

Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.

Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  

Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 

Hunter Comer prepares to pass the ball during practice.  He is the quarterback of the Henderson County High School varsity football team in Henderson, Ky.  He dreamed of becoming the varsity quarterback growing up because his father had also been Henderson County High School's varsity quarterback.

Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.

Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.

 “If these people don’t ever release me from prison, if I exhaust all my remedies in court, I’m gonna make these people kill me,” Daniel Taylor said to his brother, David Taylor during the third time that David purposefully got himself incarcerated in order to spend time with Daniel.  When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed.  Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred.  Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free.  On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL.  According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.   This portrait is a part of a larger story,  Exonerated: Am I Really Free? , which was done for the Chicago Tribune.     
 Children play along 12th Street Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013.  Lifeguards had told them to get out of Lake Michigan, because of rip tides and high levels of e. coli.  
 Mary Jo Harte, left, comforts Patrick Stein, a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked In Syndrome, as his father, Nick Stein, and a neighbor support Patrick in the pool in his Northfield, Ill. home on Friday, August 16, 2013.  Patrick's Locked In Syndrome, the result of a water polo accident, left his entire body paralyzed, except for his eyes.  This was the second time that he had been in a pool since the accident.
 Olivia Lampert of Jasper, 2, reached up to touch the buck on display in the High Life Hunt Club's barbecue booth during the Heimatfest in Ferdinand on June 21, 2014. 
 The victim of a rape holds her hands to her face after recalling what happened during the attack in Hazel Crest, Ill. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The Robbins Police Department failed to investigate the rape, which is now outside the statute of limitations.  However, investigators are now working on 52 other rape cases that remain within the statute of limitations.  
 Daniel Taylor, center, watches his nieces and nephews play in front of his Aunt Marie's house on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  Nearly all of his nieces and nephews were born during the twenty years he was incarcerated.  The Fourth of July, his sixth day of freedom, was the first time that he met all of them.  He said it was overwhelming to observe all of the life that he had missed on a holiday that celebrates freedom. 
  Willie Brantley does roofing in Tampa these days; however, at one point he was making his living "under the table."  He spent three years in prison because of that lifestyle, but is turning himself around.  He said, "I've watched this area decline, but that don't mean I got to keep declining with it." 
  Deborah Barr, 56, sits for a portrait after service at the Israel Bethel P.B. Church in Tampa on Sunday, November 17, 2013.  Barr, who is unable to read, carries a bible in her purse and is hoping to one day be able to read it.  Her story is a part of the Holiday Hopes series in which the Tampa Bay Times features the stories of those in need during the holiday season.  Readers are encouraged to reach out to the subjects of these stories with support and assistance.
 Rachael Hartofelis, upper right, celebrates on top of an SUV on N. Clark Street. in Chicago after the Blackhawks scored two goals in a 17 second span late in the third period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24, 2013.  Moments later, the driver of the car kicked everyone off of the car, because its roof was caving in..  Copyright Chicago Tribune.
 Alex Falcone, 22, greets Phineas, a 17-year-old horse, in a pasture near Falkland, NC on April 13, 2013.  Phineas is a competitive show-jumping horse who has won many state and national titles.  Falcone learned to ride on Phineas, but not before Phineas bit his hand.
 Sandro Magradze of Johnsburg High School lays on the ground after he had tripped over a hurdle during the Class 2A 300-meter Intermediate Hurdles competition at the Illinois Boys IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston, Ill. on May 24, 2013.  
 Jennifer Medina, left, and Marbella Rodriquez play in the rain during practice in front of the Kelly High School in Chicago on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  The Kelly High School girls varsity soccer team is almost entirely first-generation Hispanic Americans.  Many of the girls struggle to convince their parents to allow them to play soccer. 
 Hunter Comer prepares to pass the ball during practice.  He is the quarterback of the Henderson County High School varsity football team in Henderson, Ky.  He dreamed of becoming the varsity quarterback growing up because his father had also been Henderson County High School's varsity quarterback.
  Southridge senior Ethan Schwoeppe, bottom, Luke Stetter, junior, Drew Dearing, freshman, and Braden Harding, freshman, stacked on top of each other and cheered with the rest of the student section during halftime of their game against Washington in the IHSAA Class 3A sectional tournament in Huntingburg on Wednesday.  The Raiders lost 41-35.
 Reid Howard of Ferdinand, 8, walked a bat back to the dugout during the Class 2A sectional game in Tell City on May 30, 2014.  Forest Park was defeated by South Spencer 9-2.