50 Shades of Grey’s Christian and Anastasia may have had a glamorous relationship on the big screen, but if Mr. Grey lived in Kentucky he could be jailed for decades. This isn’t a pitch for a spinoff series, it’s the real-life nightmare former U.S. Army Ranger John Calvin Buckley IV is living today.
A former lover’s betrayal resulted in this decorated veteran spending his days locked in solitary confinement. Prison authorities refuse him much-needed medical care, and deny him the human rights he risked his life to defend. John was convicted of rape after his angry ex-lover reported one of their many “50 Shades” encounters as non-consensual – which he vehemently denies. In fact, he passed a polygraph examination, by a retired FBI examiner, which asked very pointed questions about that relationship. Unlike Christian Grey in the movie, John wasn’t wise enough to insist on a signed consent form.
Buckley was a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 3rd Ranger Battalion and saw his first combat 40 days after the 9-11 attacks. He served from August 2000 through December 2005 and earned combat citations and a Purple Heart in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. There he suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Upon his honorable discharge, the VA concluded John was 100% service-connected disabled.
“In 2009, my son became a victim of Kentucky justice,” said attorney John Calvin Buckley III, the prisoner’s father.
This site is a record of and lightning rod for our efforts to set John free.