After the Fall

An abuse victim says she lied to convict her cousin 15 years ago

In 2002, he worked for the new Texas Prison Museum, designing a series of panels depicting the history of the prison system. A museum official who worked closely with him then remembers Van Story as "very intellectual, very intelligent…a model inmate."

His looks, his articulate manner and his situation have led some fellow inmates to nickname him Shawshank, in reference to Tim Robbins's character in the prison film The Shawshank Redemption.

In the meantime, he is trying to amass support in his effort for freedom, saying those who prosecuted him relied on intimidation and fabricated testimony.

"They abused their power, they abused the public's trust," Van Story says, "and they abused a little girl who just wanted to tell the truth."

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