No, this isn’t the tagline of some self-help book by the next New York Times bestselling author. It’s the real life story of Betty Anne Waters.
Betty dropped out of high school before she could even pass her secondary education exams. Her brother, Kenny Waters, was wrongly accused of stabbing to death Katherina Reitz Brow in May 1980. His sentence was to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Betty knew that her brother was innocent, but her word meant nothing in court. So, she decided to enroll in college, work extremely hard and land herself a spot in a law school. She graduated as a full time lawyer and joined an organization that helped the wrongly accused – Innocent Project. Two decades after her brother was wrongfully sent to prison Betty managed to get him out of there by proving he was indeed innocent using solid DNA evidence. Unfortunately, the prison had taken its toll on Kenny and he passed away in 2001.
The 2010 drama Conviction with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell was based on Kenny and Betty’s story.