The Strange Case Called Life

Some life stories will always sound strange because that is the life I suppose. Atheists will always say that there is no God because of the all evil doings on our planet. However, religious people will always have a counter-argument. Also, some people will get sentenced for something they did not do, and some people will be free from prison because there was no evidence. That is also life. Why did I mention cases of law you ask I suppose? Well, it is because of one story that intrigued me.

The story of Kenneth Kenny Watters will sound familiar; about the fate of him and his younger sister Betty Anne Waters in 2010, a movie called Conviction was recorded, and their roles were played by Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. Kenny Waters, then 28-year-old, from the local town of Ayer, Massachusetts, in the United States, was arrested in 1982, after two years of investigation, on charges that he killed the old woman with 30 knife wounds.


The indictment relied on circumstantial evidence and statements from several witnesses of dubious integrity: Waters ex-wife with whom he had a daughter, ex-girlfriend and a former friend. Kenny Watters was sentenced on 11 May 1983 to life in prison without parole.

Betty Anne, Kenny’s younger sister, was convinced of the innocence of his brother. Since the poor family had no money for the long-term legal battle against the judgment, Betty Anne, the barmaid who had not even completed high school, in following years graduated from high school and then graduated from law school and, finally, passed the bar exam and became a lawyer.

With the help of colleagues from the law school, Betty Anne has revealed new DNA evidence, according to which her brother was released from prison in March 2001 after 18 years of suffering behind bars.


After the release, Kenny Watters, for the first time, saw his daughter since the arrest because his ex-wife, who falsely testified against him, forbade any contact with him. The tragedy is that Kenny Watters did not get to enjoy long in his new life. He died after only six months of his freedom, from the consequences of an unfortunate fall on his head. He was 47 years old. His sister never went into the world of law and returned to the barmaid job.

What did you learn from this story? Did you learn that the law is sometimes cruel but righteous, or maybe how the truth always comes up?

That wasn’t what I wanted to tell you. I wanted to tell you that life is a series of unforeseen details. Anything can happen to you, no matter if you are religious or atheist, or right or wrong, or guilty or not guilty.

Kenny Watters sure had good help help with the persistency of her sister, but none of couldn’t predict those events. Their events could be a lot different if they won the lottery, but they did not. You know why? Because that’s life! Sometimes it can be harsh, but sometimes it can be good for you. All you need to is be good, do good things and hope that life will reward you.

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