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I Have a Dream, the Ryan Ferguson Case

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On August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave the famous I have a dream speech which focused on racial equality.  The speech lasted 17 minutes and changed the world.   In the early morning hours of November 1st, 2001 around 2 am, just shortly after all of the Trick or Treaters had settled in, Kent Heitholt was brutally murdered in the parking lot as he left work.  For almost 3 years police had no suspects, no leads and the case had grown cold.  This was until a young man named Charles "Chuck" Erickson began allegedly telling friends he had a dream that he may have been involved in the murder. Not only did Erickson suggest through his dream that he was involved, he also implicated a young man named Ryan Ferguson.  When police picked up Chuck for questioning, it was clear he had no details of the crime and was spoon fed the details of the case to be used as his confession.  Chuck was also told Ryan Ferguson was pointing the finger at Chuck and Chuck better look out for Chuck.  However, Ryan was not making any statments concerning Chuck or the murder.  Both Ryan and Chuck were later convicted of the murder.  Finger prints were found on the victim's car which did not match Ryan or Chuck.  Hair recovered did not match.  Chuck years later recanted his statement saying he never had the dream and neither he nor Ryan were involved in the murder.  Despite all of this, Ryan is still in prison.  Tune in Thursday as my guest will be Ryan's biggest supporter, his father Bill Ferguson.  As always, live chat will be open as well as phone lines.  Don't miss, "I have A Dream, the Ryan Ferguson Case".