Photos from the Dedication of Joe's tombstone
Photos from the Woodpecker Waltz Team
Photos from Conversation About Joe Arridy Event May 2011
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- Thanks to Museum of Colorado Prisons for the photos. These photos first appeared in The Pueblo Chieftain, The Denver Post, and The Rocky Mountain News.
Photos from the Dedication of Joe's tombstone June 2007
- Antonio Sanchez, photographer
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Photo from The Woodpecker Waltz
The Woodpecker Waltz folks! Max Keller, Mik (Italian Costume Designer from Italy), Micheline Keller, Dan Leonetti, Country Star singer Johnny Tillotson, and Micheline's sister
“Granting a posthumous pardon is an extraordinary remedy,” Gov. Ritter said. “But the tragic conviction of Mr. Arridy and his subsequent execution on Jan. 6, 1939, merit such relief based on the great likelihood that Mr. Arridy was, in fact, innocent of the crime for which he was executed, and his severe mental disability at the time of his trial and execution. Pardoning Mr. Arridy cannot undo this tragic event in Colorado history. It is in the interests of justice and simple decency, however, to restore his good name.”
From November 18, 1937 through January 6, 1939 Denver attorney, Gail Ireland won an unprecedented number of stays of execution for Joe Arridy, before Joe was finally put to death. In 2010, Gail Ireland"s granddaughter, Terri Bradt put together this book telling the story of Gail's life and of the current movement to win Joe a posthumous pardon.
Beginning in 1992, Perske hit every local history and library archive located in cities along the Eastern Slope of the Colorado Rockies--ranging from Pueblo to Cheyenne. He searched through the files of The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Pueblo Chieftain, Grand Junction Daily Sentinal, Canon City Daily Record and The Wyoming State Tribune. In 1995, these key documents regarding Joe Arridy's whole life were put together in this book.
Gail Ireland was the Denver Attorney who took on Joe’s case after Joe was convicted and sentenced to death. Called the Champion of the Underdog, Gail Ireland worked tirelessly and at his own expense to try to save Joe’s life, and to prevent the State of Colorado from committing what Gail thought would be murder
A Conversation About Joe Arridy - May 2011
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