Rafay/Burns: 3 Innocence Projects

Here’s an article on CBC referring to a radio interview with Stephen Quinn.


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I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I work with Dr. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners. Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012) is a novella about a New York cab driver wrongly convicted of killing his pregnant wife. Gary Geddes (Lt. Governor's Award for Literary Excellence) described it as "one of the most brilliant and harrowing short novels I've read since I went on a John Hawkes binge."

2 thoughts on “Rafay/Burns: 3 Innocence Projects

  1. I have been curious about this case for a long time. A couple of points I wonder about: first, what has happened to Jimmy Miyoshi, whose testimony was crucial in the trial, and second, with regard to another associate of Rafay and Burns, what has Robin Puga had to say, if anything, regarding the case?
    According to what I’ve read, he was sharing the house in Vancouver with Rafay, Burns, and Miyoshi, and had earlier been the person who picked “Rope” as a play in the drama class in which Sebastian Burns played a murderer. Have you spoken to him about the case, by any chance?

    • Aaron,
      Thanks for your questions. I’ve never met Mr. Puga so anything said about him would be speculative. Miyoshi was back in West Vancouver a couple of years ago but he may have gone back to Japan. Obviously, we can’t follow him, but, as I’ve said here on this site, his role in the case was ‘levered’. Given that he was facing life in prison, he did what most of us would have done. While he retained his freedom, I do not envy him.
      “Rope” is a troubling coincidence but that’s what we think it is: a coincidence. It is a hundred times more likely than the belief that Sebastian Burns would have done that atrocious crime. For us, the problem with that aspect of the state’s case is the absence of hard evidence.

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