Donovan's spirits are high — he passes time reading science fiction and teaching other inmates how to illustrate — but his chances of seeing sunshine again are slim, as the last Massachusetts governor to grant a pardon or commutation was Jane Swift in 2003. As for receiving a new trial, he has had difficulty securing a pro-bono attorney who has adequate time and resources to move his case forward against less-than-encouraging legal precedents.

Whether he's behind barbed wires in Bridgewater or back home with his family, though, Donovan has no choice but to regularly revisit the decision that steered him onto his unfortunate life trajectory; his right fist never healed properly and he's reminded of his fatal punch every time he writes, eats, shaves, and draws. He might not have wielded the knife that killed an MIT student, but Donovan has no doubt that Raustein's blood is ultimately on his hands. As he recently wrote in his first-ever attempt at correspondence with the Raustein family (Donovan is hopeful for a response, but does not realistically expect one), those thoughts are often with him. Even though he never meant for Raustein to die, his death is a cross that Donovan has long accepted as his to bear. ^

Chris Faraone can be reached at

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  | 
Related: Lockdown, Pressure rising, Stabbed in the back, More more >
  Topics: News Features , NASA, U.S. Office of the Attorney General, Joe Donovan,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE TRIALS OF NADIA NAFFE  |  March 04, 2013
    Young, attractive, ambitious, conservative, and black, Nadia Naffe should have been a right-wing operative’s dream.
  •   HIP-HOP TRIVIA GROWS UP  |  February 26, 2013
    In their fourth year of operation, the Hip-Hop Trivia squad is finally taking the night (somewhat) seriously.
  •   OCCUPY DENIED DAY IN COURT  |  February 22, 2013
    It took more than a year for Suffolk County prosecutors to come to their senses.
  •   CZARFACE SOARS ABOVE THE CLOUDS  |  February 11, 2013
    This week 7LES and Inspectah Deck drop Czarface , a full-length work of adventurous genius revolving around a metal-clad protagonist who feeds on destruction.
  •   THE BPD ADDS INSULT TO INJURY  |  February 05, 2013
    At times, this kind of decision makes you wonder whether the BPD is saving its best awards for officers who've been involved in the death of civilians.

 See all articles by: CHRIS FARAONE