A Cry for Justice

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The story of Daniel Cummings was highlighted and given national exposure 20 years ago on the Geraldo Rivera Show entitled “Spouses of Rape Victims... ” When the heinous crime of rape has been per¬petrated upon a man’s wife, and the culprit has been identified by the victim, and that identity made known to the agents of law enforcement, it is reasonably expected that justice will occur. More

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About Daniel Cummings

My name is Daniel Cummings prisoner number AF-4891. I have been locked behind the walls of one of Pennsylvania’s most notorious prisons for over 40 years. I grew up in Jacksonville Florida, my childhood was that of a normal child up to the point of my mother and father’s separation. I am from a family of six sisters and I was my father’s only son. My father was a hard working man who instilled strong family values that I still carry with me today. He was very protective of my mother and (6) sisters. I can still hear and remember the sound of his voice hollering out to me as we were going off to school, “Son take care of your sisters.”
After my mother and father’s separation, she struggled to raise seven children the best way that she could. She sent some of us to live with relatives, and some stayed with her. I was sent to live with relatives in Philadelphia, which is where I met my wife. My wife and our children are my life, and all the love and respect for women that my father instilled in me was then, and is still showered upon them, from my childhood, well into my adult years.
I was taught to protect my family. My wife is a rape survivor. The night that my wife was drugged and brutally raped, I did not run out looking to find the man who raped her. I did all the things that a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen is supposed to do. I immediately called the Philadelphia Police Department and reported her rape. In the great city of Brotherly Love, I cried out for justice, but the doors of justice was slammed into my face, and I was left feeling like a hopeless voice crying out into the wilderness. Five decades later, I find myself still crying out for Justice.
I have been locked behind these walls for over 40 years for doing what I thought was the right thing to do at that time to protect my wife. I felt that I had done all the right things by reporting her rape, but all we got from the Philadelphia Police Department was humiliation. That night I could not sleep, all I could think about was the humiliation we were going through.
I could not think straight, my mind just would not stop thinking about the gun that was put to my wife’s head, and the bloodstains that were on her pants from vaginal hemorrhaging. I could not let go of those thoughts.
I was crying, she was crying, and nobody wanted to hear us. The pain and grief that my wife was feeling, the terror and anguish that encompassed my household compelled me to action. I had to do something to protect my family from further harm. On August 23, 1972, I entered the home of the individual who raped my wife and I shot him to death. For a number of years, I felt that my actions of taking the life of the man who raped my wife was justified, my radical religious views at that time conditioned me to believe that my actions of defending and protecting my family was what any real man would do.
However, through my many years of spiritual growth, I have discarded all notions that such extreme actions are justified. So where do I go from here. I will continue to pursue a commutation, and I will continue to reach out to the public for support, public pressure through letters and phone calls going directly to the governor’s office is what got me my last hearing. The more publicity my case receives, the more support I will get from the public and the more help I receive from the public will have an influence on the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons decision to allow my case to go on before the governor for a reduction of my life sentence to a sentence of life on parole. I need a strong social network following to get the job done.

Reviews

Review by: Timothy Neal James on April 11, 2016 :
For a moment, place yourself in Daniel Cummings situation. Imagine your wife, (someone you love, cherish) has just been raped! Imagine the humiliation, the defenselessness, the rage suffered by Daniel Cummings at that time. Rape is a horrible crime...in fact, more horrible than murder, for at least if you're murdered, you don't have to live with the thought of the violence that's been committed against you.

Counselor, New York, Women Against Rape.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Barry Holcomb on April 11, 2016 :
A Cry For Justice is a one of a kind book that brought tears to my eyes. Why is this man still in prison... after reading Daniel Cummings book...I now find myself asking the tough question... If this was my wife, or daughter, or my mother, what would I have done? I would have probably done the same thing that Daniel Cummings did when he could find no other recourse for justice.

Student - John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Larry Huddleston on April 11, 2016 :
A Cry For justice reads like an unending drama that magnifies the human spirit. This book is a raw description of what it actually means to live and experience human emotions that inspire and hinder human action and at times coerce these actions, which are at times, best to ignore. The overwhelming moments of learning that his wife was brutally raped is told from a man at the time who was raised to respond in a certain way.
From his upbringing, it had been instilled in Daniel to protect his family the best way he knew possible. When the time came to respond as a citizen and report this brutal crime, Daniel Cummings escorted his wife to the authorities in the state of Pennsylvania as any law abiding adult. The aftermath of this joint decision with his wife, resulting in Daniel Cummings eventually taking the law into his own hands, and this encounter has kept Daniel Cummings in prison for over 40 years.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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