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Confession brief filed


Supporters of the Fairbanks Four listened intently, Sept, 25, 2013, as Alaska Innicence Project's Bill Oberly described the confession from Bill Holmes, who claims he, Jason Wallace, and three other Lathrop High Schcool were responsible for John Hartman's fatal beating.

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It's all spelled out in the attached brief, filed in court moments earlier, which includes the hand-written confession, supporting affidavits and and other "new evidence."

New trials for Roberts and his three co-defendents is not longer the sole objective, Oberly said, his clients want declarations of actual linnocence.

Is it convincing? Decide for yourself.

 icon Roberts 2013 innocence PCR (4.72 MB)


OLSON TAPES: Prison call transcripts

Arlo Olson arrest mugshot

Weigh Arlo Olson's words:

icon OLSON TAPES: FCC Transcripts (62 kB)

I transcribed these taped conversations in 2003-04 for use reporting on Arlo Olson’s role identifying suspects arrested in the Hartman murder case.

Audio quality of these recordings varies. Olson’s comments are presented verbatim to the best of my ability with remarks I’m unsure of indicated in upper case letters, often with question marks and brackets. My own questions and comments are noted in italics and may be shortened or paraphrased.

Transcribing takes a lot of time. I skipped over portions of our conversations that did not concern Olson’s testimony about the night of Hartman’s assault or his appearances as a trial witness. As always, I still have the original tapes stored away back in Fairbanks.


How Arlo landed on tape

Arlo Olson wasn’t easy to find.Fairbanks Correctional Center

Through winter 2001 spring 2002, I had been trying to interview Olson about his starring role in all three Hartman murder trials. I’d left messages with his grandfather, his mother, his ex-girlfriend and anywhere else I thought might reach him. Finally he called back and left a message on my answering machine demanding to know what I wanted.

I played that message for my Investigative Reporting students, who were tackling the Hartman case as a class project. “Arlo’s going to talk,” I declared.

“But he sounds angry,” a student pointed out. “What makes you think he’ll talk?”

“He just opened the conversation.”