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Amazing Grace is the Murder, etc. season finale and chronicles Charles Wakefield Jr.’s 35-year fight to prove his innocence. For more, read the show notes or listen to the episode above.

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Charles Wakefield in West Greenville

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Show notes:

Amazing Grace is the Murder, etc. season finale.

The episode chronicles the 35 years Charles Wakefield, Jr. spent trying to get out of prison and the time he has spent since his release trying to prove his innocence. .

Amazing Grace also introduces Claudia Whitman and Laird Carlson, two advocates who have supported Wakefield since the late 90s.

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7 comments on Episode 27: Amazing Grace

  1. Chris Harvey says:

    How easy it would have been for Brad to have simply walked away from this one story many years ago, often those in the media are just looking for the next story, the more controversial the better and just looking for the story that will get them promoted to the bigger market, not so with Brad Willis, a man that has the integrity and desire to try and see a wrong made right. While Brad talks about the work that he has done in producing these stories in the past year, the facts are that he has been working on making the wrong right for almost two decades.
    A special thanks to all to all that have helped Brad bring this story to the public. Thanks Brad and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
    Retired Fire Chief Chris Harvey

    1. Carey says:

      I can cheers to that!!! Brad has done an AMAZING job with this story.

  2. Ronnie Dilworth says:

    This final season episode “Amazing Grace” was by far the most touching episode to date. Several times while listening to this episode I was brought to tears. Thank you Brad for your dedication and hard work telling this story. My prayers go up for you and especially Charles as the search for truth and justice continues.

  3. Larry C Hines says:

    Thanks Brad for all you have done for Charles. God bless you in your continued efforts to seek justice.

  4. Joel McCosh says:

    This is a general question to Brad or anyone else who would care to answer, but the general intimation is that the Greenville PD or at least some the original detectives conspired to frame-up Charles Wakefield for the Looper Murders. Brad has never came out and accused the prosecutor of being involved, but I am not sure how the frame-up and railroading of Wakefield could have occurred without his complicity or at least turning a blind eye to the conspiracy. Tell me if I am missing something on this.

    1. You have missed nothing. JMHO says:


    2. Lynn Wilburt West says:

      I was part of that criminal justice system in fall of 1975. W.W. Wilkins, Jr was considered the perfect prosecutor and he ONLY cared about getting a guilty verdict on any case that he prosecution. Defense attorneys in Greenville County considered Wilkins unbeatable in trial. All attorneys but a few didn’t challenge him in court. The side of Wilkins that most people don’t know, he as the solicitor would go to all “legal” means at that time to convict anyone. What the general public doesn’t know is that in some cases in which a State Circuit judge wasn’t assigned to try. He would call Columbia and through the Attorney General/Supreme Court get a special judge appointed to try that case. At that time the judge of his choice was Pickens County Judge John Gentry also known as the hanging judge, a friend of Wilkins. If you want someone to accuse Wilkins being involved, I will do it. How much was his involvement ?? Who knows?? Wilkins did the job of convicting Wakefield within the legal parameters of 1976. I talked to defense attorneys during that time they all knew about Wilkins political connections and federal court connections knowing not to rock the boat. Can I prove any of this other than my word? Probably not because people who lived & worked back when will not talk. Why they won’t I don’t know? So Joel McCosh, I suggest that you revisit & listen to the earlier episodes with more an open ear & mind.

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