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Watch 'Witch Hunt' on MSNBC

Executive Producer Sean Penn presents "Witch Hunt," the story of John Stoll and dozens of other men and women who found themselves ensnared in a spiral of fear, ignorance and hysteria. These working-class moms and dads were rounded up with little or no evidence, charged and convicted of almost unimaginable crimes. Years later, they would find freedom again, but their lives would be changed forever.

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Preview excerpts from 'Witch Hunt'

Resorting to a drastic move: Hunger strike

  As John Stoll and Jeff Modahl spend time together in prison, they realize the striking similarities of their stories and try to call attention to their situation so they can prove their innocence.


Accused: 'We got
nothing' at the trial

  The trial of the Kniffens and McCuens went on for nine months, but the accused believed their trials were so absurd that there was no way they could be convicted.

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Where is John Stoll now?

  Catch up with John Stoll and see what he has been up to since the film left off.


Behind the scenes with Kathleen Ridolfi

  Hear from Kathleen "Cookie" Ridolfi of the Northern California Innocence Project.


Meet the directors of ‘Witch Hunt’

  Don Hardy and Dana Nachman explain how they got the idea to make this film.

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Learn about the defendants

Read about the people wrongly accused of crimes featured in the film.

Timeline: Milestones
in the story

See when the arrests and convictions in the case happened.

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