Walter Ogrod case

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

In October 1996, a man named Walter Ogrod from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was convicted and sentenced to death for the sexual assault and murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn in 1988.


In April 1992, Walter Ogrod, a neighbor of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, confessed to luring Horn into his basement, attempting to sexually assault her, bludgeoning her to death with a metal object and then placing her body in a cardboard TV box on nearby St. Vincent Street.[1]

In October 1993, Ogrod was put on trial for the first time.[2] The defense argued that Ogrod's confession had been coerced by the authorities.[3] The jury was set to acquit Ogrod of the crime, but a juror announced that he did not agree with the verdict as it was being read, resulting in a mistrial.[4]

In October 1996, Ogrod again went on trial.[5] He was convicted of her murder and sentenced to the death penalty.[6] The main evidence against Ogrod was jailhouse informant hearsay testimony that he had confessed to the crime.[7]

Further developments[edit]

In April 2018, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner revealed that Ogrod's conviction will be reviewed. In addition, a district attorney spokesman revealed that prosecutors will no longer try to prevent DNA evidence in the case from being tested, including fingernail scrapings from the victim.[8]


In April 2017, a book by author Thomas Lowenstein (son of Allard K. Lowenstein), "The Trials of Walter Ogrod", was published.[9][10]

In April 2018, a segment of the documentary series Death Row Stories entitled "Snitch Work" aired, focusing on Ogrod's conviction and possible innocence.[8] The case was also featured on Unsolved Mysteries.[11]


  1. ^ "Detailed confession is released in '88 slaying of Northeast girl". The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 15, 1992. p. 13. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via Free to read
  2. ^ "Mistrial, melee end Ogrod trial". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 5, 1993. p. 14. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via Free to read
  3. ^ "Ogrod recants his confession". Philadelphia Daily News. October 30, 1993. p. 3. Retrieved August 27, 2018 – via Free to read
  4. ^ "Mistrial jury still arguing the Ogrod case". Philadelphia Daily News. November 11, 1993. p. 6. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via Free to read
  5. ^ "Decision in rape, murder of 4-year-old goes to jury". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 8, 1996. p. 14. Retrieved August 27, 2018 – via Free to read
  6. ^ "Jury chooses execution for Walter Ogrod". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 10, 1996. p. 29. Retrieved August 27, 2018 – via Free to read
  7. ^ "Defendant told of killing 4-year-old, says inmate". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 5, 1996. p. 13. Retrieved August 28, 2018 – via Free to read
  8. ^ a b Will Bunch (April 5, 2018). "Walter Ogrod's 22-year fight to escape death row gains hope from Krasner, documentary".
  9. ^ Lowenstein, Thomas (2017). The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch that Sent a Man to Death Row. Chicago Review Press.
  10. ^ Reporter (March 30, 2017). "Barbara Jean Horn killer is innocent claims author".
  11. ^ Tom Waring (April 11, 2018). "Documentary takes look at 1988 murder of Castor Gardens girl".