Victim of framing
In addition to being deaf, had a right leg 9 inches shorter than the other, requiring him to wear an iron "stirrup" or extension on the sole of his right shoe or boot. In 1914, was arrested and convicted for the robbery-murder in Michigan of an elderly woman, based on the impression of his very distinctive stirrup - or an identical copy - found in a pool of the victim's blood 5 days after the killing. He always maintained his innocence, and almost 20 years later a microbiologist finally proved that the bloody footprint was a frame-up, that it had not been there the first day after the murder when police first examined the scene. Winney was released from prison but not totally exonerated; he remained on parole until 1964. The reopened case was never solved.
Deaf to Evidence, p.13-31.