Petition Closed

Grover Thompson was convicted of the 1981 stabbing of an elderly Mt. Vernon, Illinois woman through faulty eyewitness identification. He died in prison wrongfully convicted of this crime. In 2008, serial killer Timothy Krajcir confessed to the crime, and additional evidence proves that Krajcir was the actual perpetrator. Grover Thompson is an innocent man who died in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He had the remaining years of his life taken away from him. Though he has passed, it is important that we acknowledge that an innocent man was wrongfully convicted, and examine the reasons why this happened so that it doesn't happen again. Governor Quinn, we ask that you bring justice to Grover Thompson and his family by granting his petition for executive clemency and awarding Mr. Thompson a posthumous pardon on the basis of actual innocence.

Letter to
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
In October of 2011, a petition for executive clemency was filed on behalf of Grover Thompson by his family with the assistance of the Illinois Innocence Project and Southern Illinois University School of Law faculty and students. In January of 2012, additional evidence and arguments as to why Grover Thompson deserves a posthumous exoneration were presented to the Illinois Prison Review Board. While we understand the backlog of clemency petitions your administration currently faces, we feel that Grover Thompson's family has waited far too long for his name to be cleared. As such, we urge you to review his case and grant his petition.


Grover Thompson was convicted of the 1981 stabbing of an elderly Mt. Vernon, Illinois woman through faulty eyewitness identification. He died in prison wrongfully convicted of this crime. In 2008, serial killer Timothy Krajcir confessed to the crimes, and additional evidence proves that Krajcir was the actual perpetrator, and that Grover Thompson was physically incapable of committing the crime.


Grover Thompson is an innocent man who died in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He had the remaining years of his life taken away from him. Though he has passed, it is important that we acknowledge that an innocent man was wrongly convicted, and examine the reasons why this happened so that it doesn't happen again.


Governor Quinn, we ask that you bring justice to Grover Thompson and his family by granting his petition for executive clemency and awarding Mr. Thompson a posthumous pardon on the basis of actual innocence.



Sincerely,