September 9, 2013

The amount of people who reached out to my family and myself in support and to share their own story truly has touched my heart. Something I never expected was messages from victims of DUI and their families saying the video helped them heal or bring closure to the void that was left in their own tragedies. The strength and forgiveness of others is what kept my own convictions in tact and gave me the ability to carry out what I had set to do.
The grand jury finally came down with my indictment 6 days after the video was released and with my dad at my side, I surrendered myself to Franklin County Correctional Center on September 9th, 2013. -Matthew Cordle

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3 thoughts on “September 9, 2013

  1. I think about Matthew all the time. Gives me hope in the power of the human spirit and the depths of courage we can access. I know he did this for himself and Vincent Canzani. The ripple effects of this are enormous as he continues to hold onto his convictions no matter his mood or circumstance. I honestly don’t know what it is about acknowledging our wrongs and taking responsibility that is so incredibly healing in ways we can never truly understand. I wish him and his family and the Canzani family all the best.

  2. As I read Matthew’s posts here and read as he retells the details of the event that brought him to media attention, I am even more amazed at how strong he was/is. I think the awareness of what had happened, would have left me unable to do anything. That he found the wherewithal to reach out to Alex Sheen and make the video is amazing. Then to walk into the jail with such poise is something I cannot fathom. Nina said it best when she said that the ripple effects of this are enormous. I know that many people have commented that those who support Matthew are neglecting the victim, Vincent Canzani, and/or his family. There is nothing more that can be done for Vincent, but supporting Matthew through his time in prison and encouraging him to tell his story sure feels to me like a way to honor the memory of Vincent Canzani. Thak you for continuing to post to the blog, Matthew. Stay strong, keep writing…you are making a difference!

  3. Missed hearing from Matthew this month. Hope he is doing alright given the circumstances. I imagine some months are harder than others. Truthfully, I have no idea of what he is facing. Just the sheer act of taking full responsibility for taking another person’s life is herculean in itself. Such a rare occurrence and such a gift to everyone. As always, I think of Matthew often and wish his family and the Canzani family well.

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