ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – MTV is joining the trend of “True Crime” television with a news show called, “Unlocking the Truth.” The show’s host is a Missouri man who spent a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit. Ryan Ferguson and his co-investigator Eva Nagao will examine three controversial cases of convicted men fighting for their freedom.
Ryan Ferguson knows a lot about that subject. He was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 40 years for the murder of a Columbia sports reporter. But there was never any evidence linking Ferguson to the crime and two witnesses later recanted their testimony under oath and his conviction was overturned by an appeals court.
He was just 19 when he went to prison. So stepping back into the real world at the age of 29 was completely foreign to him. While in prison it was his fitness and diet regiment that helped him remain emotionally and physically strong, He has not only continued that in his new life but is also teaching others.
In a November 2014 interview with FOX 2 News Ferguson said, “It is sad because there are so many innocent people in prison right now, Conservative estimates say around 40,000 minimum. Most don’t have a voice and will never have a voice. And it’s my responsibility, with whatever opportunities I get to speak about them, that I am not an anomaly this happens on a daily basis all across America and we can change that.
Unlocking the Truth will every Wednesday on MTV beginning on August 17 at 10pm.