Editor’s note: For much more about the dramatic exoneration of falsely accused murderer Michael Morton, watch CNN Films’ “An Unreal Dream, The Michael Morton Story,” airing Thursday, December 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN TV.
(CNN) — Imagine being out to dinner with the love of your life and your beautiful, smiling, 3-year-old child. It’s a double celebration: your birthday and the end of your young boy’s difficult recovery from surgery for a heart defect.
As you cross the street afterward, holding hands and swinging the little one up in the air, you think, “This is what it’s about.”
You know it’s one of the best days of your life.
For Michael Morton, that day was August 12, 1986. He had just turned 32.
The next day, it was all taken away. The dream became a nightmare.