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John Smietanka

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The Murderer Who Wasn't

PRESENTED ON JUL 21, 2016
IN THREE OAKS @ VOL 3

In 1979, a young woman was found injured in the middle of the night on a rural Michigan state road. She later died without regaining consciousness. In 1990 a man was arrested, charged, convicted of her murder and was sent to prision. John Smietanka shares this story.

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Inspirational Coincidences

BY RACHEL MASON
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 16, 2014

Rachel Mason talks, sings, and strums about the place where art and life, or fiction and reality meet... While doing research for a musical performance and rock opera to get inside the mind of a child killer from the 1930's, she made contact with a man who killed and dismembered a boy in Borough Park. The experience profoundly effected her, and inspired her to write an opera incidentally about a coincidence - two men with the same name Hamilton Fish, died a day apart and their deaths were announced on a single front page. One man was a child-killing sadist, the other a politician from a distinguished political family.

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An Architect who Does Nothing

BY KYOHEI MORITA
@ VOL 26 ON MAY 13, 2016

Kyohei MORITA shares a story of the architect who is last man standing with do nothing.

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The Murderer Who Wasn't!

BY JOHN SMIETANKA
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

John Smietanka, former federal and county prosecutor currently in a private trial practice. In 1979, a young woman was found injured in the middle of the night on a rural state road. She later died without regaining consciousness. In 1990 a man was arrested, charged, convicted of her murder and sent to prison. After 14 years he was proven actually innocent. This is his story.

 

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Gangs and Murder

BY JARROD GILBERT
@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Sociologoist Jarrod Gilbert removes some of the mystic associated with gang life, providing commentary on his research on gangs in New Zealand. His recent shift to looking into murder in New Zealand provides an additional layer of insight into New Zealand's criminal justice system.

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Who the Hell Am I?

BY TAMMARA OLDS
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2016

In this reflective piece we gain a bit more of an understanding into the world of one adopted child who has grown up into an adult and is now able to reflect on what this has meant to her so far in life.

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It Wasn't Love at First Sight

BY EWELINA SKOWRONSKA
@ VOL 143 ON JAN 25, 2017

Making yourself at home in a new city is a hard task and very internal process. In It wasn't Love from First Sight from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142, Illustrator and print maker Ewelina Skowronska shares the challenges she faced in moving from London to Tokyo and her first experiences were drawn into a small book, replete with comedy, tradegy, and the nuances of life in a new land. 

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Jennifer Pan, the Golden Child, the Murderer

BY JEREMY GRIMALDI
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Jeremy Grimaldi is a journalist and author based out of Markham. He brings us the curious case of Jennifer Pan, who plotted and hired others to murder her parents.

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Murder With Impunity

BY KEITH YEARMAN
@ VOL 40 ON NOV 29, 2016

Keith Yearman tells an alarming story of a Mexican tragedy.  And what he is doing about it.

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Murder and Honey: a Defiant Playbook for Community Engagement in the Midwest

BY ADRIENNE PALM
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 06, 2018

Adrienne Palm is a director at Northeast Wisconsin Gener8tor for the gBETA program which provides support for early stage companies. Adrienne has worked extensively in the community through non-traditional programs and events. Tonight, she’ll speak on Murder and Honey: A Defiant Playbook for Community Engagement in the Midwest.