(DOC #967072)


The correspondence below was received today by the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial and is being provided to our subscribers for their information only. Any questions or concerns regarding this release should be made directly to the Indiana Department of Correction.


Benjamin Ritchie, 37, will be appearing in a follow-up documentary that will air on February 1 in the United Kingdom. The original two-part series aired about five years ago and is available for viewing on the links below. On October 15, 2002, Marion Superior Judge Patricia J. Gifford sentenced Ritchie to death and is currently the only offender on Indiana death row for the murder of a law enforcement officer. Beech Grove Police Officer William Ronald Toney, 31, was shot and killed on September 29, 2000 during a foot pursuit of Ritchie, a car theft suspect, who fled after crashing the stolen van he was driving in a residential neighborhood. He was survived by his wife, an 18-month and 4-year-old daughter, two brothers, a sister and his mother. He was the most recent of the three Beech Grove officers who have been killed in the line of duty and one of the 84 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Marion County.


My name is Courtney Baldwin and I am a Program Coordinator for the Indiana SAVIN program, Indiana Department of Correction. We assist people with Victim Information and Notification. I am notifying you that offender Benjamin Ritchie Doc# 967072 will be appearing in a follow-up documentary that was filmed at the Indiana State Prison. The original two-part series took place about 5 years ago and is available for viewing on YouTube. The follow-up show will air February 1 on ITV1 in the United Kingdom.

The host of the show will be Sir Trevor McDonald, a highly respected British broadcast journalist. He has interviewed 5 US Presidents, was the first person to interview Nelson Mandela upon his release from Robyn Island and has been a trusted face on UK television for over 40 years. The production company anticipates that the show might eventually air in the United States, but there are no plans currently.

The offender will not receive any money or gifts in exchange for his participation. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at (317) 233-3535 or email me at I would be happy to answer any questions you have. My office hours are 6:00 am-2:00 pm Monday-Friday.


Courtney Baldwin
SAVIN Program Coordinator
Indiana Department of Correction
IGCS – Room E334
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-3535


Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald (Part 1)
CRIMETIME TV  •  47:25

Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald (Part 2)
CRIMETIME TV  •  45:18

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