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Stephen Rosati had it all. A former Mr. Rhode Island and owner of a posh health club, Stephen was the son of real estate mogul Carl Rosati. On an average September day, Stephen's world was shattered when a Rhode Island state trooper arrested him for the murder of a drug dealer named Joe Viscido, Jr., in Florida four years earlier. Though Stephen could prove he was 1,500 miles away at the time of the murder, Peter Dallas admitted to the crime and named Stephen as his accomplice. Like something out of Kafka, Rosati found himself imprisoned for a non-bailable offense and was whisked away to a Rhode Island jail to await transfer to Florida, where he would be facing a death sentence for a crime he knew nothing about. He hired the most illustrious attorney in the state, Jack Cicilline, a lawyer who represents many notorious mobsters and is known as "one of the keenest legal minds in New England." Thus began the longest extradition hearing in U.S. history. To help prove his innocence, Rosati brought on famed handwriting expert Dr. Marc Seifer. Although Dr. Seifer's testimony in court proved that Rosati was in Rhode Island at the time of the murder, it wasn't enough to deter Florida police from trying to pin the murder on Rosati. With access to over 1,500 pages of police logs, 1,400 pages of court transcripts, and countless depositions and interviews, Seifer weaves a tale of police corruption and a thrilling story of one man's battle for justice.

Stephen Rosati had it all. A former Mr. Rhode Island and owner of a posh health club, Stephen was the son of real estate mogul Carl Rosati. On an average September day, Stephen's world was shattered when a Rhode Island state trooper arrested him for the murder of a drug dealer named Joe Viscido, Jr., in Florida four years earlier. Though Stephen ...

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Former bodybuilder Stephen Rosati (1960 2013) was named Mr. Rhode Island in 1983, and he won Mr. All New England in 1999. Stephen ran a number of businesses and worked as a financial analyst. Marc J. Seifer is the author of several books, including the acclaimed biography "Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla." He teaches psychology at Roger Williams University. Roger Wayne began writing and playing with voices at a very young age, which eventually led to his performing Shakespeare and having large roles in short and feature-length independent films, as well as radio and TV commercials. Roger's approach to his career largely involves using the power of voice as the center of everything he does as an actor."

In this real-life courtroom drama, handwriting analysis expert Dr. Marc Seifer shares the true account of a man falsely accused, the coercion and police corruption that threatened to send him to the electric chair, and the series of events that would eventually exonerate him.

Stephen Rosati had it all. An accomplished bodybuilder, former Mr. Rhode Island and owner of a posh health club, Stephen was the son of real estate mogul Carl Rosati. One September day, Stephen's world was shattered when a state trooper arrested him for the murder of drug dealer Joe Viscido, Jr.�a crime that had occurred in Florida four years earlier when Stephen was 1,500 miles away.

Though Stephen could prove he was in New England at the time of the murder, a man named Peter Dallas had confessed to the crime and named Stephen as his accomplice. Stephen found himself in a Rhode Island jail awaiting transfer to Florida, where he could face a death sentence for a crime he knew nothing about.

Stephen set out to prove his innocence. He hired Jack Cicilline, "one of the keenest legal minds in New England" and attorney to many notorious mobsters, and the Rosatis brought on famed handwriting expert Marc Seifer. Although Dr. Seifer's testimony in court proved that Rosati was in Rhode Island when Viscido was killed, it wasn't enough to deter Florida police from trying to pin the murder on Rosati.

Thus began the longest extradition hearing in U.S. history and a powerful criminology case study in police misconduct, mishandled evidence, and wrongful prosecution. With access to over 1,500 pages of police logs, 1,400 pages of court transcripts, and countless depositions and interviews, Seifer weaves a thrilling story of one man's battle for justice..