WGBH Openvault

FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith


License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Requiem For Frank Lee Smith
Program Number


Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

In December 2000, after spending 14 years on Florida's Death Row, Frank Lee Smith was finally cleared of the rape and murder of eight- year-old Shandra Whitehead. Like nearly 100 prisoners before him, Smith's belated exoneration came as a result of sophisticated DNA testing that was unavailable when he was first convicted. But for Frank Lee Smith, the good news came too late: 10 months before he was proven innocent, Smith died of cancer in his jail cell, just steps away from Florida's electric chair. How did Frank Lee Smith up on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit? And why was he allowed to die there despite possible evidence of his innocence?



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith,” 04/11/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith.” 04/11/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Requiem For Frank Lee Smith. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_99D175B035454626BF47E4157B6132D6
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.