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Until Proven Innocent

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Three years into the investigation of a horrific homicide case, a suburban home invasion murder of a wife and mother and point-blank shootings of her infant, husband, and father-in-law, the prosecutor slowly realizes that he and the police have been totally wrong about one of his capital murder defendants and reverses course.

Story seen on the series True Convictions on Investigative Discovery, in January 2018.

Until Proven Innocent was originally published by Avon Books.

The prosecutor was no longer sure both his murder defendants were guilty.
So he asked his dad -- the real-life Kojak.

The Miami Herald:
"[Brian] Cavanagh called on his father for help. Three decades ago, as a New York City detective, Thomas Cavanagh became famous clearing a man accused of a Manhattan murder. His work led to the original Kojak TV movie and subsequent series.

Thomas Cavanagh built a reputation for cracking tough cases. He continued to track down elusive killers even after he retired and moved to South Florida. More than 15 years after he retired, Cavanagh used his legendary skills to help find a man who murdered a Davie woman during a home-invasion robbery.

Working together to crack a Davie murder case, the real-life Kojak and his prosecutor son..."

Globe Magazine:
He quits retirement to free innocent man

"A former New York City cop whose exploits inspired TV's Kojak has come out of retirement to solve a baffling murder mystery.

Super-sleuth Thomas Cavanagh, 79, cleared the prime suspect in the case -- and fingered the real suspect.

Cavanagh was sunning himself by the pool at his Florida home when his son Brian, a prosecutor in Fort Lauderdale, called.

"Dad, I have a problem with this case," Brian said. "What should I do?"

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