Following Ed’s recantation of his original testimony, Swenson writes about the efforts of an attorney named Brian Howe, a member of The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), in filing a motion seeking Rickey’s release. He describes how Howe obtained a signed affidavit from Ed that described how he had been forced by detectives to lie in court. In the affidavit, Ed confirmed that he was on a school bus when Mr. Frank was murdered, and did not personally witness the murder; he had visited the crime scene later with his friends. Ed explains that when he volunteered to be a witness, he had planned on going to the lineup and deliberately fail to identify anyone — after which, a detective by the name of Eugene Terpay reacted extremely angrily and threatened to arrest his parents. Frightened, Ed would later be forced to identify Rickey and Ronnie as the perpetrators of the crime before being coached on what to say in court. Swenson recounts how Kwame and Rickey were overjoyed by the news of Ed’s recantation.
Swenson also notes that Detective Terpay, a former corporal in the U.S. Army, had been accused of a series of separate controversial actions while serving in the police department. For instance: in 1957, he stopped a fleeing African American teen by shooting him in his heel; in 1964, he killed a luncheonette robber by shooting him five times; and in 1975, he had beaten and forced a suspect to accept charges even after his attorney had demanded that his client should not be questioned without his presence.