Ex-prisoner, chaplain and author to speak at Lake Erie College Oct. 23
Spending 16 years in prison for aiding and abetting a murder prompted Michael Swiger to become an author and chaplain. He will present “Am I my Brother's Keeper?” Thursday, Oct. 23, from 4-5 p.m. in the Coe Conference Room in the Arthur S. Holden Center. Swiger will discuss life before, during and after prison.
Swiger entered prison Oct. 4, 1989 after being convicted of complicity to involuntary manslaughter. He witnessed his older brother kill a former roommate and intentionally misled the police while refusing to testify.
Six weeks into his sentence, Swiger became a born-again Christian. While working as the warden's clerk in various institutions, he earned two associate degrees from Lorain County Community College and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In prison, Swiger turned his attention to writing two novels, “A Trial of Innocents” and “A Murder of Innocents,” under the pen-name Michael Andrew. Following his release, Swiger is now a chaplain in prison ministry at the Gospel House Church.
He signed a three-book deal with Capstone Fiction in 2007. The first, “Lethal Ambition,” is a Cleveland-based thriller released in July 2007 to strong reviews, appearing for eight consecutive months on Amazon.com’s bestseller lists in both the Legal and Political thriller categories. In July 2008, his latest legal thriller, “Lethal Objection,” was released.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Eisenberg, Ph.D., professor of psychology, at 440.375.7173. Eisenberg worked on Swiger’s case and testified at the trial of his brother, Edward, who was facing a death penalty and received a life sentence for kidnapping and murder.