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Descriptive Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joseph Bailey Jr. Collection, 2008, 2010



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bailey, Joseph Jr.
Title: Bailey, Joseph Jr., Collection
Dates: 2008, 2010
Abstract: The Joseph Bailey Jr. Collection is comprised of printed material relating to Bailey’s recent documentary film, Incendiary: The Willingham Case, an examination of the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for arson murder.
Accession No.: 2012-282
OCLC No.: 823236295
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Bailey Jr. graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and began working as a cinematographer and sound recordist in Austin. After finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the law school in 2009, he enrolled in Steve Mims’s Production 2 course. Bailey’s first feature-length film, Incendiary: The Willingham Case, is a 2011 documentary film that explores the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for arson murder. The film covers efforts to review Willingham’s case-by the Texas Forensic Science Commission and within the Texas court system-and immerses audiences in contemporary struggles over the case.

Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted of murder, and executed in 2004 for the deaths of his three young daughters by arson at the family’s home in Corsicana, Texas on December 23, 1991.Willingham's case gained renewed attention in 2009 when an investigative report by David Grann in The New Yorker, drawing upon arson investigation experts and advances in fire science since the 1992 investigation, suggested that the evidence for arson was unconvincing, and that had this information been available at the time of trial, Willingham would have been acquitted. His case remains controversial.

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Scope and Contents

The Joseph Bailey Jr. Collection comprises printed material relating to Bailey’s recent documentary film, Incendiary: The Willingham Case, an examination of the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for arson murder. Included are newspaper articles covering Texas Forensic Science Commission’s examination of the case, copies of reports by the TFSC and the Innocence Project, and documents from the Texas Attorney General’s Office as well as the Texas Fire Marshall’s Office and the Corsicana Fire Department. Other materials include a copy of Willingham’s 1992 trial transcript and documents relating to the recantation of the testimony of Johnny Webb, a jailhouse informant who testified against Willingham.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bailey, Joseph Jr.--Archives
Willingham, Cameron Todd, 1968-2004
Subjects
Arson investigation--Texas
Capital punishment--Texas
Documentary films--United States
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Corsicana (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Bailey Jr. Collection, 2008, 2010, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Stefanie Lapka, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2G430 Newspaper articles, July, September-October 2010, January 2011
Printed material
Texas Forensic Science Commission
Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 38.01
Draft of The Willingham/Willis Report
The Beyler Report
Letter from the Texas Fire Marshall's Office, 8/20/2010
Letter from the Corsicana Fire Department, 9/29/2009
Agenda, 10/02/2009
Texas Office of the Attorney General
Facsimile cover sheet, 2/17/2004
Opinion relating to statutory autority of TFSC, 7/29/2011
Innocence Project
Arson Review Committee Report
Original trial transcript
Miscellaneous
Pertaining to the recantation of Johnny Webb's testimony

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