There are many persons to whom my debt of gratitude is
First and foremost, I wish to bow my head in reverence to
the memory of the late John P. Barnes, former Chicago federal
court judge. He was devoted to justice. He had the courage to
find me innocent.
To Robert B. Johnstone, a brilliant and resourceful lawyer,
my deepest thanks. He sacrificed a law practice and impaired
his health in my behalf.
The loyalty and devotion of my family—my wife, Clara, our
two sons and my sisters, Ethel and Eleanor—was a bottomless
well of encouragement for me.
To Governor William G. Stratton and the members of the
Illinois Pardon and Parole Board, I give thanks for their mercy
To the many lawyers who believed in me and fought for me,
including: Daniel C. Ahem, Homer Atkins, Howard Bryant,
Frank Ferlic, Frank J. Gagen, Jr., Kevin J. Gillogly, Joseph
Harrington, Thomas Marshall, Thomas McMeekin and Charles
To the newspaper, radio and television people who brought
the truth about me to the public when truth was what I needed
They include: Earl Aykroid, Julian Bendey, Ray Brennan,
Elgar Brown, Tom Duggan, Gladys Erickson, William Gorman,
Jim Hurlbut, James P. Lally, Clem Lane, Robert T. Loughran,
John J. Madigan, Milton Mayer, John J. McPhaul, Len O'Con-
nor and Karin Walsh.
A number of police officers assisted me. Among them were
Bernard Gerard, Thomas Maloney and Walter Miller. Without
the dilligence of Morris Green, my innocence might never have
To State's Attorney Benjamin S. Adamowski, my special
thanks for telling the Pardon and Parole Board that he believed
I should be freed.