Interview with Morrison Bonpasse re: Eye Contact

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

Morrison Bonpasse, Newcastle, Maine, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

EYE CONTACT – The Mysterious Death in 2000 of Kassidy Bortner and the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner

Publisher: BonPasse Exoneration Services, a non-profit Maine corporation which provides “exoneration services” to wrongly convicted people in prison who claim their innocence.

Thus, the book is self-published.

Tell us about yourself:

Morrison Bonpasse is the Executive Director of the non-profit corporations: BonPasse Exoneration Services and the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee. After childhood in Duxbury, Massachusetts, he was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, and Yale University and was trained as a lawyer at Boston University Law School (JD), a public administrator at Northeastern University (MPA) and a businessperson at Babson College (MBA). He is a mediator and private investigator and fervent advocate for the wrongly convicted. He is also the founder and president of the Single Global Currency Association, which seeks the implementation of a Single Global Currency, managed by a Global Central Bank within a Global Monetary Union by 2024. He lives with his wife in Newcastle, Maine, USA, not far from his two stepchildren and five grandchildren, and predicts that all will live to see the implementation of the Single Global Currency and the exoneration of Chad Evans (www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org), Alfred Trenkler (www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org) and Dennis Dechaine (www.trialanderrordennis.org).

When was the book released?

The initial ebook edition was released on July 17, 2011.

The paperback edition will be released on November 9, 2011, the 11th anniversary of the death of Kassidy Bortner.

Give us an overview of your book.

Chad Emery Evans was wrongfully convicted in December, 2001 in New Hampshire of the murder of Kassidy Bortner, the 21-month old daughter of his girlfriend, Amanda Bortner. The causes of Kassidy’s death and her injuries are mysterious and disputed, but Chad was convicted of second degree murder. He was also convicted of related second-degree assault charges, and endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor Simple Assault against Amanda.

On the morning of 9 November 2000, Amanda took Kassidy to the Kittery, Maine home of her sister, Jennifer Bortner, and her sister’s boyfriend, Jefferey Marshall, for babysitting for the day. As the man living with Kassidy’s mother, Amanda Bortner, Chad Evans was one of the four initial suspects, with the others being Amanda, Jeff, and Jennifer.

In 2011, Chad Evans began his eleventh year in the New Hampshire State Prison for crimes he didn’t commit. He passed a lie detector test given in July 2010. At his trial, the jury never saw a report of a DNA test which was conducted by the Maine State police in March 2001. The test on blood found underneath all ten of Kassidy Bortner’s fingernails showed that the blood belonged to Kassidy, but no one at Chad’s trial was asked about that blood. Also not disclosed to the jury was information about Kassidy’s medical appointments in August and September, 2000, which was during the period of the Child Endangerment charges against Chad and Amanda. The jury also did not know about a family gathering four days before Kassidy died where only one bruise was seen, on her right cheek.

The book tells the story of the Campaign for Justice for Chad and the establishment of the non-profit corporation, the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee. Chad Evans is seeking a re-investigation of the case by Attorney General Delaney and Governor Lynch and may be filing a Motion for New Trial.

What inspired you to write this book?

Wrongful conviction cases can be very complicated, so it’s necessary to have a book which explains what went wrong. I first became involved in wrongful conviction cases in 2003 when I read the book, Human Sacrifice, by James Moore, about the wrongful conviction of Dennis Dechaine in Maine.

The suffering by the wrongly convicted and by their families is heart rendering and it inspires action. Unfortunately, there are thousands of wrongly convicted people in the U.S., but very few will be exonerated. Together with the Innocence Project and other related organizations, BonPasse Exoneration Services is doing what it can, one inmate at a time.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

There are very few books which describe a claim of wrongful conviction. One is Human Sacrifice, noted above, and another is my book, Perfectly Innocent, about the wrongly convicted Alfred Trenkler of Massachusetts. EYE CONTACT is different, further, because the true cause of the death of Kassidy Bortner is mysterious. She may not have been murdered at all, but may have died from a combination of accidents, disease, chronic disease and/or toxins.

Where can people buy your book?

It will be available on Amazon.com in print form and as an ebook. Also, it can be ordered through Chad Evans’s website, http://www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org.

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Not yet. There are other claimants of wrongful conviction who have asked for my services, but I’m working full-time for Chad Evans and Alfred Trenkler at this time.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

Keep up to date on the fast changing options.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

Sales of my earlier books, including The Single Global Currency – Common Cents for the World, have been low, so far. So I cannot say that there have been “marketing successes.”

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I recall Googling “book reviewers.”

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

Yes, the low cost was well-received. I hope it assists you in further growth of your services.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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