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John Bates

John Bates

Prisoner, Former Valet

Now a husband, convicted murderer, and prisoner for life, Robert's former valet lives for visits from his wife, Anna. Her unshakeable belief in his innocence and determination to overturn the guilty verdict buoy his spirits and allow him hope, as well as dignity and gentleness in an otherwise humiliating and dangerous prison environment. Forced to harden himself, he is at risk of becoming the very thing he is accused of, in order to survive.