Dr. Phil continues unfolding an incredible story of a woman who was brutally raped at the age of 15. Loretta bravely identified the alleged rapist and helped police put him behind bars. But her world was rocked 14 years later when the man, Dean, was exonerated due to DNA evidence and released from prison. Dr. Phil sat down with Loretta to explain how it came to be that the man she put away was actually innocent.


Presented with the opportunity to meet the man she falsely identified, will Loretta have the courage to face her mistake? Robbed of 14 years with his fiancée and children, will Dean be able to forgive?


A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope

Just how often does an innocent person get convicted due to eyewitness testimony? Loretta is not alone. Jennifer was raped at knifepoint and identified the man she believed to be her rapist. Ronald Cotton served over 10 years before DNA exonerated him.


"How do you adequately tell someone, 'I'm sorry'?" 


Life on the Outside 

Dr. Phil speaks with Dean and his fiancée, Jewel. Dean explains what life is like after 14 years in prison. How is he adjusting now that he's a free man? And, does he need to hear an apology from Loretta? 


"My son, when I left him, he was 2. Now he's 17." 


Victims of a Flawed Judicial System

Is Loretta willing to sit down with the man who she falsely identified as her rapist? Robbed of 14 years with his fiancée and children, will Dean be able to forgive her?

"Have you accepted in your mind that this is not the person who did that to you?" 

Extra Content

  • Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
    by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, with Erin Torneo

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