Cathleen Crowell Webb


Age: 46


Summary: school receptionist who in 1985 acknowledged that she had lied about being raped in 1979 when she was 16 after Gary Dotson served nearly eight years in prison for the "crime" and became the first person in the U.S. exonerated by DNA, who told police she lied to cover up a possible pregnancy after consensual sex with her boyfriend, in which the case gripped the Chicago suburban area and brought Dotson national attention, especially among those launching wrongful-conviction campaigns that later freed many inmates across the country.



Cause of Death: Breast cancer


Born: June 26, 1961


Died: May 15, 2008


Location: Harrisville, New Hampshire