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Man Killed Hours Before Release From Prison

Convict Michael Ferrara was anxiously awaiting freedom after serving four years for credit card theft. The 34-year-old man was going to be taken from Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Cuyahoga County jail where he would finally be set free. Ferrara never made it out of prison alive.

On January 11, 2013, the day before his scheduled release, Ferrara got a new cellmate: 21-year-old burglar Logan Murphy. When guards arrived to escort Ferrara out of his cell, they reportedly found Murphy “hunched over” Ferrara’s body with a sheet.

Murphy allegedly told police that a Hell’s Angel named Mitch instructed him in a dream to kill Ferrara. Murphy, charged with aggravated homicide, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ferrara isn’t the only tragic casualty in this story. Cleveland.com reports that Corrections Officer Jesse Creamer, who was supposed to check on Ferrara’s cell every half hour but failed to do so, committed suicide in his home following Ferrara’s murder.

Ferrara’s father wants answers: “…we wonder why the guards did not check my son’s cell for hours. And it’s very strange that the guard killed himself just hours after finding my son murdered.” According to prison officials, Creamer’s suicide has no connection to Ferrara’s death.

At the time of his death, Ferrara had been in protective custody following intimidation from other inmates. It’s unclear why Murphy, a prisoner with a history of violence, was placed with him.

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