Interview: Chris Burrell and the Fred Clay case

Fred Clay and the Dibbles
While in prison serving a life sentence, which was later overturned, Fred Clay was introduced to Jacki (L) and Doran (R) Dibble. Over the next 17 years, the Dibbles and their children visited Clay every two to three months. Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH.

From The Takeaway, a public radio production from PRI and WNYC:

In August last year, Frederick Clay was released after serving 38 years in prison in Massachusetts for the murder of a cab driver called Jeffrey Boyajian in Boston. He was only 16 years old when he was arrested back in 1979.

Clay always maintained his innocence, and a superior court judge in Boston overturned his conviction after prosecutors identified problems with the testimony of a witness in the case, which had involved the police using the discredited technique of hypnosis.

Chris Burrell, a reporter with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, has been following Clay’s struggles to restart his life outside of prison for the past year. Burrell discusses Clay’s story and his ongoing fight for compensation, with The Takeaway. His reporting is part of a series airing on WGBH radio this week.