John Ferak will be presenting "Wrongful Convictions" as a part of the Looking Beyond Speaker Series at the Concordia University, Nebraska campus Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Thom Leadership Education Center Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.
A native of Joliet, Illinois, Ferak's latest true-crime book, "Failure of Justice," chronicles the true story of Nebraska’s Beatrice 6, the nation's largest DNA exoneration case, highlighting six wrongful convictions. He is also an award-winning investigative journalist with the USA Today Network's Wisconsin Investigative Team based in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is the lead investigative reporter chronicling the Steven Avery murder case, the case featured in the Netflix Documentary "Making a Murderer." Ferak's books, "Dixie's Last Stand" and "Body of Proof," were true-crime best sellers for WildBlue Press. His first book, "Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland," won a national award. Ferak was also a reporter with the Omaha World-Herald for some time. Two of Ferak's books, "Bloody Lies" and "Failure of Justice," will be available for purchase at his talk, with autographs to follow.
The presentation is part of the Looking Beyond Speaker Series made possible in part through an ongoing gift from Martin and Regina Maehr. The series was created to expose Concordia students and the Seward community to diverse speakers and ideas.