Interview with Morrison Bonpasse

What are you working on next?
I'm working on "__ Proposals to STOP Wrongful Convictions before the End of this Decade." Since 2003, when I learned about the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of Dennis Dechaine in Maine, I've worked to exonerate him and several others who claim innocence. Dennis's story is told in the book, "Human Sacrifice," by James Moore and on Dennis's website, www.trialanderrordennis.org. There are approximately 30,000 wrongly convicted people in U.S. prisons, which contain about 1.5 million inmates. The percentage is 2%, and that's considered by some researchers to be conservative.
The title of the book leaves the number ("__") of proposals blank, because I'm still writing and adding. Currently, there are about 60, including creating a universal, nationwide DNA database. Imagine a criminal justice system where EVERY crime from which DNA is obtained can be solved. That includes most rapes and many murders. Another proposal is to encourage defendants to testify more often, as juries WANT to hear from them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I'm researching for a current book-in-process, or the next, which will be "Too Many Humans - Bringing the Human Population into Equilibrium with our Earth." Also, I have a few clients for whose exonerations, I am working. Alfred Trenkler is in Federal Prison in Arizona for the death of a Boston Bomb Squad officer who died when inspecting a bomb at the home of the father of a teenager whom Alfred knew. Alfred was convicted in 1993 of building that bomb, but he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Absolutely nothing. See his website, www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org and my book about his case, "Perfectly Innocent - The Wrongful Conviction of Alfred Trenkler."
Another client is Chad Evans who has been in the New Hampshire State Prison since his 2001 conviction for murdering Kassidy Bortner, the 21-month old daughter of his woman friend, Amanda Bortner. However, Chad did not kill Kassidy and did not abuse her. Although the medical examiner said it was murder, Kassidy likely died of a combination of congenital heart failure compounded by known and unknown accidents. Chad's website is at www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org and my book about his case is "EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death of Kassidy Bortner in 2000 and the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner." Volumes 2 and 3 of that book are Chad's letters to me in 2010 and 2011, respectively, as I was becoming familiar with his case.
When not working, I maintain a home with my wife in rural Maine, USA. We spend some time traveling each year and some special time with children and grandchildren.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's a tough question. The five books described below have been important to me, but in no particular order....
o "Too Many Americans," a demography/sociology book published by Lincoln and Alice Day in 1964. Even then, the Days saw that the world, and the United States, too, was overpopulated. Lincoln taught me demography at Yale in 1967. The Days' book is the precursor to my upcoming book, "Too Many Humans."
o "The Nature of Prejudice," by Gordon Allport. I read this book in my first psychology class in college, and its basic premise is that our minds crave simplicity and seek to explain the unexplained as simply as possible. For example, if you saw an accident whose cause you didn't understand, if the race or gender of the driver were different from yours, that would be a simple explanation. That is, those "other" people are not good drivers.
o "Human Sacrifice," by James Moore. I mentioned this book in an earlier question. It's about the life and wrongful conviction of Dennis Dechaine. In late 2002, a friend asked me to read this book and it changed my life. A few days after reading the book, my friend and I had lunch with the author and soon we contacted Dennis's brothers and supporters in Madawaska, Maine. We found him a new lawyer and built the website, www.trialanderrordennis.org. He remains in prison, because of the State's unwillingness to acknowledge the truth and its own mistakes, but we continue to be hopeful that his exoneration is coming soon.
o "The Woman Behind the New Deal - The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience," by Kirstin Downey. Frances Perkins graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1902 where she was president of her class. She was a committed social worker by the time she witnessed the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York in 1911. It has been said that the fire was the beginning of the New Deal, because Frances Perkins played a significant role in forcing employers and owners of buildings to be far more attentive to the needs for safety for their workers and tenants. Her crowning achievement was Social Security, to which she always hoped would be added National Health Insurance.
o "Capital Punishment - The Inevitability of Caprice and Mistake," by Charles Black. I read this short book while at Boston University Law School, and wrote a review of it for one of the student journals. It convinced me of the terrible injustice of punishing people by killing them. A few years earlier, the Supreme Court effectively, but temporarily, abolished the death penalty in the U.S. in the Furman vs. Georgia case in 1972. Capital Punishment was dramatically resumed in 1977 with the killing by firing squad of Gary Gilmore in Utah. Since then, executions in the U.S. peaked in 1998 with 98, and have declined since then. There were just 39 executions in the U.S. in 2013 and the abolition of this barbaric punishment will be coming soon.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly non-fiction which relates to my interests in wrongful convictions and the environment. However, my wife and I are very interested in the history of the New Deal and the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and have read several books about that period. In part, that's because his Secretary of Labor, and the first woman Cabinet member, was Frances Perkins. Her family home is in Newcastle, Maine where I live. The Frances Perkins Center (www.francesperkinscenter.org) promotes her legacy and is seeking to acquire the family home on behalf of the country.
Also, we read about countries where we travel. A few years ago, I read a book about the alleged foreskin of Jesus which was formerly in the Italian town of Calcata, north of Rome, before it was stolen in the 1980's. The book is "An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town." That relic played a role in my utopian novels, "Jesus and Jesusa" and "2121" because the twins, Jesus and Jesusa, were cloned from a section of that foreskin. They played a role in the global abolition of capital punishment by leading a march along the Great Wall of China and later became co-Popes.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered. Too cluttered. Several books and several yellow writing pads with pages of notes and "TO DO" items. Even in the computer age, there is too much paper on my desk. The landline phone still rings more reliably than the cell phone, and seems immune to periodic power outages here.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts and lived there full-time during my first 13 years, around the 1950's. It was a small town, but was opened to population growth when the new highway from Boston was opened. Duxbury was part of Plymouth Colony and was where Myles Standish and John Alden eventually settled. Thus, we grew up with a sense of history.
The town is on the coast of Massachusetts Bay and has a maritime history, and oysters have been reintroduced to the shellfish industry. Substantial silting during the 19th and 20th centuries led to much of the bay being filled with mud, which is exposed at low tide. Thus, a sense of the fragile environment came from Duxbury. Rachel Carson came there a few times, and the naturalist, Herman Carey Bumpus (a relative), had a home there.
When did you first start writing?
My first book, written when I was 59, was "The Single Global Currency - Common Cents for the World." I wrote it because I became convinced in 2003 that a Single Global Currency would help improve the global economy and save the people of the world trillions of dollars or their equivalent. After founding the Single Global Currency Association in 2003, I looked for an author or co-author for the book that needed to be written, but the economists and authors who were interested had other projects to complete. So I decided to write the book myself. The first edition was published in 2006. Subsequent editions in 2007, 2008 and 2009, contained the original, plus an annual addendum. The 2014 edition was a substantial rewrite.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm pleased when a reader asks me a question about a book. Sometimes it's about an aspect of a book that I had forgotten or not sufficiently considered. Sometimes that question prompts ideas for another book, or for a future clarification on a website or book, or simply changes my perspective. One of my email addresses is morrison@bonpasseexonerationservices.com, to which readers are welcome to write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes, that's hard. With each day comes the opportunity to make the earth a better place, especially for the wrongly convicted who are still in prison. On some days, the fate of humanity seems dismal.
At age 67, I'll be lucky to have 30 more years on this earth. Hopefully healthy years. I have no belief in a God or hereafter, so the end will be the end. As the group "Kansas" sang in the late 1970s, "All we are is dust in the wind..." One of my favorite poems is Ozymandias by Percy Shelley, which has these lines:

And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
What is your writing process?
I assemble information about the topic in a folder and sub-folders on my computer. Then comes a bare outline and an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of how many pages (@ 250 words) are written each day. I keep an "idea log" for ideas that come to me, but are not ready for loading into the book. Or I'm not ready. With each section of a book, I look to the applicable sub-folder and read what I've collected, and then go to the Internet to find more information as I try to write.
Published 2014-11-25.
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Books by This Author

2121 and Jesus and Jesusa - Two Utopian Novels
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 99,250. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
JESUS AND JESUSA is a utopian novella about the cloning of the foreskin of Jesus to create Jesus and Jesusa who became Co-Popes and died in 2089.. 2121 is a utopian novel about the wrongful conviction of Chad Delano of Maine in 2117. His sister, Eleanor Perkins, become an astronaut and bore twin girls on Mars in 2121, the first humans born on another planet.
80 Proposals to STOP Wrongful Convictions - Before the End of This Decade
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 68,000. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal, Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
This book presents 80 Proposals to STOP wrongful convictions. This book presents a call-to-action to achieve two goals within five years: 1. reduce wrongful convictions in the U.S. to .1 percent. 2. reduce the percentage of wrongly convicted inmates in prison to .1 percent, by liberating thousands of wrongly convicted inmates. The book's goal to “STOP” means to reduce to .1 percent.
Perfectly Innocent - The Wrongful Conviction of Alfred Trenkler
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 356,980. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal, Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF AN INNOCENT MAN On 28 October 1991, Boston Police officer, Jeremiah Hurley, Jr. was killed, and his partner, Francis X. Foley, was maimed, by a dynamite bomb which they were attempting to disarm. Alfred was advised not to testify at this trial, and was convicted in Boston Federal Court in 1993. He was sentenced to two life terms.
The Single Global Currency - Common Cents for the World (2014 Edition)
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 120,230. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Money & monetary policy, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » International / economics
This 2014 Edition of THE SINGLE GLOBAL CURRENCY - COMMON CENTS FOR THE WORLD is the 5th book of this name, and it updates the original 2006 edition and subsequent editions. Future editions are planned for 2019 and 2024, the 80th anniversary of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. The book is for readers around the world, as every human being has an interest in achieving a Single Global Currency.
EYE CONTACT- The Mysterious Death in 2000 of Kassidy Bortner & the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner. Volume 3: Letters from Chad Evans to Morrison Bonpasse in 2011
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 195,540. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
This is Vol. 3 of the book, “EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death in 2000 in Maine of Kassidy Bortner and the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner. Vol. 1 tells the story of Chad and Amanda and the campaign for exoneration. Volumes 2 and 3 contain the letters from Chad Evans to his advocate, Morrison Bonpasse, during 2010 and 2011. Chad Evans was convicted in 2001 of murder.
EYE CONTACT- The Mysterious Death in 2000 of Kassidy Bortner & the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner Volume 2: Letters from Chad Evans to Morrison Bonpasse in 2010
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 402,420. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
This is Vol. 2 of the book, “EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death in 2000 in Maine of Kassidy Bortner and the Wrongful Convictions of Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner. Vol. 1 tells the story of the wrongful convictions of Chad and Amanda and the campaign for exoneration. This vol. 2, contains the letters from Chad Evans to his advocate, Morrison Bonpasse, during 2010. Chad Evans was convicted in
EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death in 2000 in Maine of Kassidy Bortner and the Wrongful Conviction of Chad Evans in New Hampshire
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 420,520. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
Chad Evans was wrongly convicted in 2001 in NH of murdering Kassidy Bortner, the 21-mo. old daughter of Amanda Bortner. On Nov. 9, 2000, Amanda took Kassidy to the babysitter, and 4 hours later she died. Chad states that he never hit Kassidy, and he passed a lie detector test in 2010. EYE CONTACT tells the story of Chad’s and Amanda’s wrongful convictions & the campaign for justice.