James Bain Makes Second Trip to Germany Where He Has Become a Media Celebrity
James Bain, who was freed last year from a Florida prison after post-conviction DNA testing proved his innocence of a 1974 rape and kidnapping, will be a featured guest on one of Germany’s biggest television shows, Menschen 2010 (People 2010), scheduled to air Sunday, December 12th. At the time of his release, Mr. Bain had spent 35 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, the longest time served by any DNA exoneree nationwide.
This is Mr. Bain’s second trip to Germany. Accompanied by an Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) staff member, he initially traveled to Hamburg in March, where he appeared on the popular Markus Lanz Show, which aired across Europe for Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), a widely viewed German public service television channel. European audiences reacted so positively to Mr. Bain’s story that ZDF invited him back for Menschen 2010, which will feature persons who made significant impressions during the previous year. The show is hosted by famous German television personality Thomas Gottschalk.
Accompanying Mr. Bain on this visit is Seth Miller, Executive Director of IPF. They plan to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site first, Mr. Bain’s one request, and then record the show in Munich on December 10th.
German film producer Dagmar Hovestadt and crew traveled from California last month to interview Mr. Bain, his family, and Mr. Miller. They also filmed footage of IPF’s offices and Mr. Bain’s home. Ms. Hovestadt’s work will be incorporated into the Menschen 2010 segment on Mr. Bain. The producers plan to stream the show live on the Internet this Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding and freeing innocent people in Florida prisons.