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Baltimore Book Festival must-sees: True crime, White House correspondent April Ryan and more

Baltimore Book Festival must-sees: True crime, White House correspondent April Ryan and more

Before Adnan Syed and the blockbuster podcast “Serial,” there was Kirk Bloodsworth.

Bloodsworth, a former Marine-turned Maryland waterman, in 1993 became the first person to be exonerated after being initially sentenced to death for a gruesome crime that he didn’t commit. Now 57, Bloodsworth will appear at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Book Festival to discuss his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl on June 25, 1984. He’ll describe the nearly nine years he spent in prison (including two years during which he faced execution) and his subsequent clearing based on DNA testing.

Bloodsworth will appear on the Literary Salon stage with the author and...

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