Crime: Jailing the Wrong Man

Jailing the Wrong Man

For most people, losing a wallet is an annoying inconvenience. For Terry Dean Rogan, it was shattering. Rogan, 27, misplaced his billfold in the Detroit area in January 1981. The following year a man, apparently using Rogan's identity cards, was linked to two murders and two robberies in Los Angeles, and a warrant in Rogan's name was entered into the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer network. In the next 14 months, Rogan was arrested and jailed five times in Michigan and Texas, usually after police had first stopped him for traffic violations.

Last week Rogan, who lives in Saginaw,...

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