Readers React: Kevin Cooper, on death row, fails to make the case he was wrongly convicted

Jonathan Richman
Anti-death-penalty advocates demonstrate in support of convicted killer Kevin Cooper in San Francisco in 2004.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

To the editor: I read with interest the article regarding convicted quadruple murderer Kevin Cooper, who has been on death row for 33 years and insists he was wrongfully convicted.

I anticipated that there would be some compelling evidence by Cooper’s defense team that would put his conviction into doubt. At the end of the article, I became convinced of Cooper’s guilt.

I was not aware that Cooper had been accused of committing two violent rapes, one a year before the four murders, and another while he was on the lam. Cooper’s defense attorney admitted to the rape that occurred a year before the murders, and Cooper was not charged with the second rape because he had already been sentenced to death.

Kenny Rethwisch, Villa Park


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