Innocent Until Proven Guilty. A Lie Or Fact?
David Martell Wilson
Introducing David Martell Wilson "the inmate"
Six feet five inches, and no I am not talking about the lovely sweet soul, Michael Clarke Duncan, who sadly passed away today in the U.S.A. Although his loss will be felt all over the world; this truly gifted man will always be an inspiration to me for the role of John Coffey, which he played with such sensitivity in the much acclaimed film “The Green Mile,” which is believed to be based around fact.
Friendship in many ways.
No, my six foot five inches tall hero is the “in mate” on Hub Pages, my lovely, caring friend, David Martell Wilson.
David and I met quite by chance, and have never looked back since. One day while sitting and reflecting on my distant and recent past life issues, I decided that I would like a pen friend, someone like I used to have as a teenager. A soul mate, who would not judge what he/she saw or wrote, because to a greater extent, I wanted to remain opaque. Just writing strokes over a page, someone to pass time and energy with in a positive way, because believe me when I say that my life has been full of negativity for a long time now. Going one step further I entered “pen friend” into my search engine, and up popped several sites asking for pen pals for incarcerated men and woman in the U.S.A
Those of you, who know me well, will know that I am nothing if not none-judgemental, and although the thought of writing to a prisoner left me filled with doubt, something inside of me screamed “give it a try, you only have time to lose”. I looked at many profiles before I finally rested on David’s profile. He was asking for honesty and friendship and promising to offer the same in return. That was what I was lacking in my life, an honest, true friend whom I may be able to offer a little sunshine to. I read so many other profiles, and was dismayed to find out that many inmates were seeking donations, and I personally didn’t agree with that, or in fact, didn’t have the money to be able to offer that kind of support. I believed like so many people “commit the crime, do the time”, but how wrong I have been.
David is a loyal, loving and nurturing friend who shares my love of poetry and writing. He has a very dry sense of humour, and makes me laugh. We share a deep and fulfilling friendship which in retrospect is what I have been looking for since the beginning of time. He is a religious man who tries to help and support “the younger brothers” that he is incarcerated with. He doesn’t look for sympathy for the crime that he is incarcerated for; in fact, he rarely mentions it. He adores his children and grandchildren, and is quietly tolerant of his situation. During our friendship I have never asked him about the reason for his arrest, but I guess it was only a matter of time before one of us brought the subject up. To me by this time it didn’t matter anyway, as I liked and was very fond of the man that he is today.
Last week I received a huge brown envelope from David, and inside to my surprise, was original letters kept in his legal file. Amongst these, was a sworn affidavit, by the man whose testimony put David behind bars, and a signed and legal document about to be sent to the court for a retrial, stating that this man had falsely testified against David out of fear for his own life, and those of his family. The very fact that someone else could live a lie for so long, and see a decent man suffer, amazes my naive mind. The fact that a U.S.A police department can wrongly incarcerate a man for the sake of solving a crime is beyond my comprehension, and I am pleased to say that David is trying for an earlier release date.
David, who now suffers with M.S has to be the most forgiving person that I have ever met. He has taught me that faith, love and friendship really are the traits of so few people in this world; and after being wrongly accused and having to fight for survival in the U.S.A judicial system for the past nineteen years, strength of character and a huge heart is the mark of a real man.
I have learned so much from David and with dealing with the judicial system now on his behalf, and will be posting some of David’s poetry from time to time. He has a talent for putting his feelings into words and yet remains positive. He wants only to share a life with writers who support each other and asks nothing of anyone, so as my friends, I ask you to support him via his hub from time to time. I will post all comments directly to him, I know that it would help to keep his spirits high, and allow him a little taste of what his freedom will eventually offer him. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.