On October 6, 1984, Bernard Baran, a 19-year-old openly gay daycare worker, was arrested in Pittsfield MA on two counts of sexual assault and battery of a child. A month later, after a grand jury viewed heavily edited video footage of child interviews, he was indicted on five counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault. After a week-long jury trial beginning in January 1985, he was found guilty on all counts, sentenced to three concurrent life terms, and remanded to the maximum security Cedar Junction facility at Walpole MA.
Shunted from one correctional facility to the next, repeatedly raped, beaten, and otherwise abused, Bernard Baran steadfastly maintained his innocence. After spending 22 years in prison, Baran was freed under probationary conditions in 2006, and finally cleared by the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 2009. After five years of freedom, he died suddenly in 2014.
At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission invites the public to revisit this tragic case, with a presentation from three of Baran’s principal advocates:
Free and open to the public.
This program has been approved for Forum Credit for BCC students.
This month Berkshire Athenaeum Outreach Librarian Alex Geller will lead a discussion of Girl waits with gun / Amy Stewart.
Copies of the book may be requested through the Reference Department at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Grab a pint or just grab a seat! We'd love to see you in the Lounge and share this experience with you.
Hotel on North is located at 297 North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts