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Real Name: John Branion
Case: Appeal
Date: December 22, 1967
Location: Chicago, Illinois


Details: Dr. John Branion was a practicing physician in Chicago in the 1960s, but one day in 1967, he came home to find his house in disarray and his wife Donna murdered by persons unknown. The police didn't look far for an answer to the case; they questioned and connected Branion to the murder of his wife despite physical evidence to the contrary, due to his changing story and a mistress named Shirley, who was brought up as a motive and who, in fact, he did subsequently marry. Branion has been swearing to his innocence ever since. In 1971, he fled the country after it appeared his appeal would not be successful. In 1983, he was arrested in Uganda after Idi Amin's fall and sent back to the United States.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 20, 1989 episode.
Results: Unresolved. Branion was subsequently released from prison in August 1990 on clemency from a judge who reviewed his case, but sadly, he passed away a month later due to a tumor and heart ailment. His wife's actual killers were never identified.

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