Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Richard Beranek

First NameRichard
Last NameBeranek
Year of Conviction1990
Year of Exoneration2018
State of ConvictionWisconsin
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Gender of ExonereeMale
Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Examiner testified that inability to make a match was “extremely rare.”  “I have never not been able to differentiate between two Caucasian head hairs.”

His supervisor, FBI Agent Michael Malone, also examined the two hairs. “He concurred with me that the two hairs match.”

During closings, the prosecutor called the hairs “absolutely identical,” an “incredible phenomenon.”

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