A Richmond man, Thomas Haynesworth, 46, was exonerated and his record cleared after spending 27 years in prison for multiple rapes he did not commit. DNA testing helped free him in March 2011 after have gone to prison in 1984.
It is really hard to imagine someone being incarcerated for that long especially for crimes he did not commit. While this was terrible for Haynesworth, he doesn’t appear to be bitter. He said his faith kept him going.
But what did he miss while he was separated from society for so long? He was sentenced when he was 19 years. So, he missed a lot!
- Ronald Regans was President of the United States in 1984.
- George H. W. Bush
- Bill Clinton
- George W. Bush
- Inauguration of first Black President, Barack Obama
- The debut of Sarah Palin
United States Population
- 1984 – 235,824,902
- 2011 – 312,712,000
- 1984 High: 1,287 Low: 1,086
- 2011 High: 12,170 Low: 11,231
Prices in 1984
- Houses were $97,600
- Lincoln Town Car in 1984 was $18,000; today it is $44,000Price of a standard television was $207.
- Stamps were $0.20, now they are $0.44 more than doubled.
- Gas was $1.21 per gallon, now it is $3.75.
- Eggs $1.01
- Gallon of milk $2.26
- Steve Job designed Apple products; iPad; iPhone, iPad
- My Space, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Digital electronics
- Oprah televison show has come and gone
- We found out who killed J.R.
- Johnny Carson stopped swinging his golf club
- 911 happened
- Michael Jackson
- James Brown
- Princess Diane
There are so many things that have happened in a span of 27 years. We might have taken songs of these things for granted, but the same faith that kept Thomas Haynesworth going in prison for 27 years will be the same faith that will help him make a full recovery back into society.