The Story of Bloods Stones
Bloods Stones Creations is a jewelry silversmithing shop, where hand made-jewelry is created for those who appreciate the craftsmanship of an artisan. My jewelry is passion not just luxury. Thanks for stopping by, hope you see something you like. K.N. Bloodsworth, Silversmith. Scroll down past the Blackwater Marsh to read my story....
In 1984 I was an honorably discharged Marine and commercial fisherman, what we call "Waterman" on the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County, Maryland. On August 9th, 1984, I was arrested for a brutal murder I did not commit. I spent eight years, ten months and nineteen days in prison, including two years on death row. While in prison I read a book by Joseph Wambaugh entitled The Blooding, which details the first account of the use of genetic finger-printing, otherwise known as DNA testing. After reading the book, I had an epiphany that if DNA could convict a man, it could also exonerate someone. Largely through my own efforts and perseverance, and the help of Bob Morin, my lawyer of last resort, I was exonerated on June 28th, 1993, and became the first person in the United States to be freed from prison in a capital conviction from post-conviction DNA testing. I received a full pardon from the State of Maryland for my wrongful conviction. Dawn Hamilton, the nine-year-old victim in the case, received justice ten years later when the same DNA that exonerated me was used to catch the real killer.
Today I am an activist and public speaker throughout the United States, working to abolish the death penalty and to promote criminal justice reform, such as the Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program, which has helped to free many wrongfully convicted people in the U.S. I am happy in a small hamlet in eastern Pennsylvania, living with my wonderful Abbie, where I have learned a new trade which has turned into my passion - silversmithing.
I dedicate my work to all the men and women who were wrongfully convicted and to all the victims who lost their lives and lost justice. Special dedication to Jeanette, my mother, to Dawn Hamilton, and to my friend Chris Conover. I would also like to thank Witness to Innocence and the Innocence Project for all they do every day to help people like me.