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Letters from Sing Sing

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Overview

In December of 2002, NBC News producer Dan Slepian got a letter from a New York state prison. It was from a man serving 25 years to life for murder. And it ended with a desperate plea: look into my case. Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez had been convicted of killing a retired New York City police officer, but he insisted he didn’t do it. Dan was skeptical. Prosecutors said five eyewitnesses had sworn JJ was the killer. Could five people be wrong? So Dan began to dig. What he discovered went far beyond just JJ’s case. And 20 years later, it’s still unfolding. Letters from Sing Sing tells the story of a man convicted of murder, a journalist, and the letter that changed both of their lives. New episodes drop every Monday through March 27, 2023.

17 Episodes

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Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

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Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

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Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

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Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

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Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

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Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

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Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2023

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Transcribed - Published: 30 May 2023

The Apology

JJ is out of prison, but in the eyes of the law, he is still a convicted killer.

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2023

The Call

For the first time in 19 years, JJ puts on a suit and goes to court.

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2023

Friendship

JJ turns 40. Jon gets in trouble. Dan receives a mysterious envelope with missing police reports.

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2023

Integrity

The Manhattan DA’s office reinvestigates JJ’s case. A tip surfaces about Mustafa and Dan follows it to Seattle.

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2023

Peer Pressure

Dan talks to two jurors from JJ’s trial and tracks down the alleged accomplice. JJ’s story finally goes public.

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2023

Eyewitnesses

Police said five people identified JJ as the man who killed Al Ward. Dan sets out to find them.

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2023

74 Minutes

Dan checks out JJ’s alibi and pours over the 2,000-page trial transcript. It’s clear to him the trial was strange and he’s left with more questions.

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2023

JJ

Dan Slepian receives a letter from a man in prison. He’s been convicted of murder, but he insists he’s innocent. He even challenges Dan to prove him guilty.

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2023

Introducing: Letters from Sing Sing

In December of 2002, NBC News producer Dan Slepian got a letter from a New York state prison. It was detailed and meticulous, almost like it had been written by a lawyer. But it wasn’t. It was from a man serving 25 years to life for murder. And it ended with a desperate plea: look into my case. Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez had been convicted of killing a retired New York City police officer, but he insisted he didn’t do it. Dan was skeptical. Prosecutors said five eyewitnesses had sworn JJ was the killer. Could five people be wrong? But JJ was adamant about his innocence. He had devoted years to fighting his case, spending hours in the law library, poring over every page of his file. He was confident that if Dan looked into it, he’d see the truth. He even challenged Dan to prove him guilty. So Dan began to dig. What he discovered went far beyond just JJ’s case. And 20 years later, it’s still unfolding. Letters from Sing Sing tells the story of a man convicted of murder, a journalist, and the letter that changed both of their lives. New episodes drop every Monday through March 27, 2023.

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2023

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