A few days ago I received the Lloyd Cork court transcripts in the mail. Lloyd Cork is the man who murdered my grandfather, Booker Wright. The murder was committed in 1973 and
is still in prison today. Cork
I thumbed through the file when I received it Monday night. There were two documents in there that contained copies of handwritten notes from
I found myself studying his handwriting. It didn't look like the handwriting of a murderer. I guess I thought it would be sloppy with each letter a different size than the one next to it. Maybe I was expecting his writing to be sinister and scary like random letters pulled together in a ransom note. Instead it was slanted. His penmanship seems slow, deliberate, and somehow effeminate.
I woke up early this morning so that I could read through the entire file before my day got going. There were some things about this file that really bothered me. Here's the email I sent to David, the producer, after reading it.
"A few things about this case are giving me pause.
The defense didn't call a single witness. After the state was finished with all of their witnesses, people who actually saw Blackie shoot Booker, the defense made a motion to have the judge declare Blackie Not Guilty on the grounds that:
'the State has failed to make out a case against this defendant and there is no evidence in the record from which to sustain a conviction on the charge for which the defendant has been indicted, and that the evidence adduced in this Court does not show that the defendant is guilty of any charge whatsoever.'
I wonder if Blackie had Atticus Finch defending him if anything would've been done differently. Is he also a "victim" (it turns my stomach to use that word) of the times. My dad said about Blackie that he 'came from a family that had let him down.' Is it possible that his attorneys just have phoned it in. I know that's a huge accusation, and I know so little about law. Should I even care about this? He did kill my grandfather.
On Sunday when I met with my mom we spoke just briefly about Blackie. I told her that he was coming up for parole again, immediately she said that he needed to stay in jail for the rest of his life.
I don't know why, but the more that I read this the sicker I feel. "