THE SECRETS � AND POWER � OF FORGIVENESS,
ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, MAY 23
From a man who befriends the judge who sent him to jail unjustly, to a mother who forgives her daughter's murderer, to a man who puts his anger toward his childhood abuser aside, "20/20" reports on the secrets of forgiveness and the power to put things in the past, FRIDAY, MAY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
� When Dewayne McKinney was young, he was prosecuted for a murder he had nothing to do with. He spent nearly 20 years in prison, until someone else confessed to the crime. Instead of deep bitterness from this experience, he learned forgiveness, even becoming a friend of the judge who put him in jail. Forgiveness gave him the peace of mind to leave prison behind and create a new life, which he did with spectacular success. McKinney built a multi-million dollar business from ATM machines and now lives in a beautiful waterfront home in Hawaii. He says it was only possible with the ability to forgive and let go of the past. Mary Fulginiti reports.
� Jessie Davis and her unborn child were murdered by her boyfriend, Bobby Cutts, Jr., a former police officer. The couple's son, Blake, then 2�, was found at home alone and gave clues to his mother's disappearance when he said, "Mommy's crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in the rug," and later, "Daddy's mad." For more than a week, Cutts denied knowledge of her whereabouts; finally he led authorities to the body, wrapped in a comforter. During statements before sentencing, Patty Porter -- Jessie's mom -- told Cutts, "I do forgive you." How did a mother find the strength to forgive her the man who killed her daughter and granddaughter? Bob Brown reports.
� Raped at the age of seven by a teenage friend, David Holthouse was able to suppress his rage and move on with his life, or so he thought. Twenty-five years later, he was told that his childhood violator had moved near him. Terrible memories surfaced and so did a plot for deadly revenge. But fate would intervene. Chris Connelly reports. (OAD: February 2007)
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.