Daniel Wozniak's Jailhouse Closeup

[Moxley Confidential] The actor and double-murder defendant's appearance on MSNBC's 'Lockup' has one victim's dad crying foul

"My whole life is now dedicated to winning justice for my son," said Herr. "That show wasn't about justice; it was about letting Wozniak perform. Everyone who saw it thought it was very sympathetic to him."

Herr complained to MSNBC and OCSD officials about his Lockup concerns.

Sheriff's Department spokesman John McDonald, who talked with Herr, said, "I thought it showed Wozniak is a bad actor, but I certainly sympathize with [Herr's] feelings."

Daniel Wozniak in Nine, his last stage performance before his arrest for the alleged murder of Samuel Herr
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Daniel Wozniak in Nine, his last stage performance before his arrest for the alleged murder of Samuel Herr
Samuel Herr
Samuel Herr

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Herr is still upset about the episode. "I think they wanted good publicity for themselves and weren't thinking about my son's case," said Herr, who is proud that members of his son's Army unit continue to offer emotional support. He said the crawling pace of the criminal-justice system is unbearable, but he praised the DA's office for "really being great."

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the premiere episode of this Lockup series, which highlighted Public Enemy Number One Death Squad's Brian Lee James, a Third Strike hoodlum who attempted to murder another arrestee in a holding cell inside the Central Jail's Intake Center (see "The Hard Cell," May 20). The show's producers, who promised in writing not to air anything derogatory about the jail or deputies, repeatedly remind viewers that interviewed defendants have been accused of heinous crimes.

A raspy male voice states at the beginning of each episode, "Viewer discretion is advised," which is probably superb advice about Wozniak.

This column appeared in person as "Viewer Discretion Advised: Double-murder defendant Daniel Wozniak proclaims his innocence on MSNBC's Lockup, one victim's father cries foul."

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