One year ago today, Glen Edward Chapman walked off of North Carolina’s death row. Chapman had spent the last fifteen years behind bars for two murders he did not commit.
Chapman had last been a free man in 1992. The first George Bush was president. Cell phones and the internet were not in common use. Edward Chapman was entering a world he could hardly recognize, with nothing to show for the last 15 years and few possessions besides the clothes on his back. It seemed like a recipe for failure.
Today, Edward Chapman lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina. He has a full-time job at a prestigious local hotel, and rents a home where he lives alone. Chapman no longer struggles with the addictions that plagued him before his incarceration, and he is not bitter about the years he has lost. “I can forgive. Does it mean I have to forget? No, but I can use that as a lesson to teach someone else,” he said.