I’ll be going on the radio to talk about the upcoming Norfolk screening of Killing for Love, the award-winning documentary about the Haysom/Soering murder case.
Listen for my discussion with Cathy Lewis, host of the daily talk show “HearSay,” Monday, March 5, at noon on WHRV, 89.5 FM.
Killing for Love will be screened at the Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Wednesday, March 7, at 7:15 p.m. I’ll introduce the film and lead a Q&A afterward.
The movie tells the gripping story of two brilliant University of Virginia students, Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, their obsessive love affair, and the gruesome murders of Elizabeth’s parents in their retirement home near Lynchburg in 1985.
The young lovers were arrested after an international flight from the authorities and ultimately convicted of the killings. They’ve been incarcerated nearly 32 years.
Jens has been proclaiming his innocence since his 1990 trial, when he recanted his initial confession, saying he falsely took the blame to save his girlfriend from the electric chair. He has a pardon petition pending with Gov. Ralph Northam.
Jens tells his side of the story in the book I co-wrote with him, A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction? Both the book and the movie present evidence – much of which has come to light since the trial – that buttresses Jens’ claim of innocence.