Morton’s love of reading and writing propelled him to obtain an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Literature while incarcerated. The journals he kept became the basis of his memoir Getting Life, which he published in 2014.
Michael Morton’s case thrust him into a limelight he hadn’t sought. The Williamson County prosecutor Ken Anderson, who later became District Judge, was charged with contempt of court for withholding evidence that demonstrated Morton’s innocence. Tragically, this included a witness statement from his four-year-old son: “A monster killed Mommy, not Daddy.”
Morton’s wife and his freedom weren’t the only things taken from him. The investigation and trial wrenched away the opportunity for him to grieve his wife’s death with loving family by his side and his incarceration robbed him of his relationship with his young son. Morton eventually made peace with these injustices. He remarried and presently lives a tranquil life in East Texas. He enjoys a renewed relationship with his son, and now daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. He loves to fish on a nearby lake. He is grateful for life.
Previous Community Reads:
2019: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
2018: The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
2016: City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
2015: My Boys and Girls Are in There by Ron Rozelle
2014: One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni
2013: The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber
2012: The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
2011: One Ranger: A Memoir by H. Joaquin Jackson and David Marion Wilkinson
2010: Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent
2009: Final Salute by Jim Sheeler