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Nick Yarris spent more than two decades on death row in the US after he was wrongly convicted of rape and murder, before a DNA test eventually freed him.

5 "I genuinely believe that being on death row for 22 years ultimately saved my life. It was the greatest adventure of my life, and I survived it."

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Nick grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia with his parents and five siblings, but his happy childhood was shattered when, aged seven, he was attacked by a teenage boy who hit him on the head so hard it gave him brain damage and then raped him. He did not tell his parents.

30 The trauma of this assault led his behaviour into a downward spiral and as he got older he began drinking and taking drugs.

He was arrested, aged 20, after being accused of the attempted kidnap and murder of a police officer - a charge of which he was later acquitted.

But while in custody before that trial, Nick was desperate to get out and so made up a story, telling police he knew who committed the murder of a woman,

Linda Mae Craig, who he had only read about in the newspaper and had never met.

"I was just desperate, a drug-addled kid who didn't know what to do to get out of jail."

He said the murderer was a man with whom he once briefly lived. Nick thought the man - who had stolen money from him - had later died and so believed he could safely trade this false information for his own freedom.

However, the man Nick accused was still alive and the lie was exposed. The police then charged Nick with these crimes instead.

In 1982, he was convicted of the woman's rape and murder and sent to death row. During his imprisonment in Pennsylvania jails, Nick's only possessions were a couple of paper sacks full of legal materials, some novels, toiletries and a small radio.

He was only allowed to exercise for 30 minutes on weekdays in a small cage. He would spend 14 years, from 1989 to 2003, without being touched by another human being.

During this time, he would lie on his arm until it went numb and then use it to rub his face, as though it were someone else.