In 1946, William Heirens, also known as the Lipstick Killer, confessed to murdering three women in Chicago which years later he recanted.
William Heirens applied for release over 30 times during the 65 years he spent in prison, never wavering from his story of innocence. Born in 1928 and imprisoned for life in 1946, William Heirens became the longest serving prisoner in the United States prison system. With evidence which now suggests this was an innocent man, this is a horrifying realisation.
After the arrest of William Heirens, his name was released to the media who reported falsely that he had confessed to the Lipstick Killer crimes. The pressure of the media and the call for his execution was the main reason William Heirens claimed he falsely confessed to the murders one month later.